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Tibet Cobra Lily
This cobra lily is distributed from the Himalayas to southern Tibet at high altitude between 2000 and 2600 m and produces a large inflorescence in summer, clothed in a purple spathe with vertical white stripes that produces a very long, whip-like tip. The single, large, glossy leaf is palmate and deeply lobed to the base into 3 segments. The foliage is deciduous in winter and the plant hibernates as a bulbous rhizome and can survive even severe freezes with a little mulch. It is considered hardy down to at least USDA Zone 6 and must have moist but very well drained soil and a spot in filtered sun to look its best.