This warm growing, rather large growing species from Sierra Leone, Ghana, Guinea, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Nigeria, Togo, Gulf of Guinea, Cameroons, Gabon, Congo, Zaire, Central African Republic and Uganda is, in my opinion, majestic. IOSPE lists this plant as fall/winter blooming, but mine is blooming now in Spring. The flower spikes are quite odd; When forming and elongating, there are no flowers or buds. The buds form along bracts in the spike about two months later. Definitely one of my favorite plants.