This plant is a supposed natural hybrid that we sourced many years ago from John Russell. It was presented as (capitata ‘Red’ x jalisco-monticola) which is the opposite of the cross of similar ‘Nellie Rose’ by John Arden. If truly a wild natural hybrid it can’t be known for sure which plant is the parent, but in such cases it is normally listed alphabetically. In any case it appears to be different in some ways from ‘Nellie Rose’ in that it is darker in foliage, more of a red-purple in good light, and the inflorescence is more attenuated and also darker. In general it is a symmetrical rosette of tapering, leathery leaves to about 24 inches across with a spike bearing a capitate head of purplish, glabrous branches and long bracts. A good, tough, hardy plant.