Stelis congesta

Most Stelis species have spikes of small flowers but these are smaller than most and pinky brown. The plant makes up for the size of the flowers by producing them in splendid abundance. Flowers last at least six weeks with multiple spikes appearing from the base of all the leaves.

Stelis congesta is endemic to Ecuador where it grows in cloud forests at around 1900m. Over time it lives up to its name and produces a crowded mass of upright leaves and flower spikes. 

The flowers are only about 3-4mm across but the mass of flowers give a very attractive display. We find the species vigorous, easy to propagate by division, and a very rewarding little species.