I found producing seeds was on 10 o'clock Peak," he says. South
Africa's Langeberg Mountains, apparently, have a number of peaks named after times of the day. "Certainly, no one has ever grown this plant."
San Francisco's cool, foggy weather patterns, however, turned out to be remarkably similar to those atop a remote South African mountain.
The two-foot-tall plant is a cousin of the iris. Grantham hopes its purplish-black flowers will be visible in this week or the next.
If so, it'd be a second notable blooming at the San Francisco State greenhouse in recent months. Last summer, the school's corpse flower had a coming-out party. The pending bloom, undoubtedly, would be a less pungent affair, if no less momentous.