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An unusual caned plant, where the canes appear to climb up with each new growth. Best grown on a sock like mount filled with a well drained media, that will allow the roots anchorage.
The spikes are quite tall, erect, multiflowered and tend to branch. Maximum sunlight and a dry rest in winter when leaves fall are needed. When new growths appear, lots of water and fertiliser will produce large robust canes.
Barkeria whartoniana is a rare species from Mexico, it appears to be adaptable to most climates, especially as it is dormant during thw cold winter.