Well, I don't know if this is actually a "cultural problem" as yet, but it seemed as though it might possibly be the right forum to ask the following question:
Are Saussurea, in general, deciduous plants? Does anyone know if Saussurea nepalensis, in particular, is deciduous herbaceous? I guess I'm looking for a spoiler.. can't wait until things actually start growing (or don't) here. ;) Hint, hint - I'm hoping someone can confirm that it is deciduous herbaceous, but I'll accept the alternative, of course, if not!!
Here is one of the many seedlings from last year of S. nepalensis.
Our native representative of the genus, Saussurea nuda var. densa looks like it might be deciduous herbaceous... I'm merely guessing that from the thinness of the leaves, though. I have not been up there early enough to know for certain.