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Christmas Berry

Chironia baccifera

Full Sun
Easy care
Light watering
Tender

Expected size

Height
Spread

1m

Max

1m

20cm

Min

20cm

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

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A photo of Christmas Berry
A photo of Christmas Berry
A photo of Christmas Berry

Overview

The common name, Christmas berry comes from the attractive red berries that ripen at Christmas time. The Afrikaans name aambeibessie refers to its use as a remedy for piles. In nature the plants are usually found in dry, sandy soil or sand dunes, growing in the shade of other plants. In gardens this fast-growing, ornamental shrub looks stunning when planted in groups as a hedge, in rockeries or as a border along the front edge of a flowerbed.

Common problems

Generally problem free.

    Harvesting

    Harvest for medicinal when needed.

    Propagation

    Seed

    Sow seed in spring in a tray filled three quarters with soil, lightly compacted and cover with a thin layer of soil, water well. Treat seedlings with a liquid fertilizer.

    Special Features

    Pot plant

    Uses

    Medicinal

    The Botanical name is from the Chiron, the Greek god studying medicine and arts. Tinctures and infusions is used in traditinal Khoi treatment of ulchers, piles and diabetes. It cures infections like bladder, kidney and artritis.

    Medicinal