Thanks, Donna, glad you enjoyed it. Although I can take credit for keeping the Welwitschia alive for nine years, I can't take credit for raising it from seed. That was done by a local grower, Mark Lysne; if you Google his name and Welwitschia, you should find an article he wrote years ago on germinating Welwitschia. Very cool plant. The Bowiea (is this an Ornithogalum yet?) got into the Welwitschia by accident. It germinated there, so I left it there. I think someone looked at that combination and said "Jim, you've put your two ugliest plants together!" It's in the eyes of the beholder. When the Welwitschia was younger, and as I was gaining confidence in its culture, I used to leave a weed or two in the pot with it. The function of the weed was somewhat like that of the canary in the mines: when the weed wilted, I figured it was time to water the Welwitschia. Jim McKenney Montgomery County, Maryland, USA, USDA zone 7, where our snow storm has so far been a gentle rain: I'm not complaining!