BOMAREA frondea. Colombia. Odd but beautiful, this could be roughly described as a twining Alstroemeria. It has the same clusters of fleshy roots, from which rise slender, vining stems richly clad with dark green, tapered 2-4" leaves. The stems continue to grow for several months before producing large clusters of narrowly bell shaped brownish red and yellow blossoms at their tips, mostly in fall and winter. Though the plant is reasonably hardy, hard frosts may ruin the buds before they open, so it is best grown in a protected spot. Light to medium shade, reasonably well drained, preferably rich soil, moderate watering. Ultimately hardy to 20oF or below.