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Nertera is a small genus containing around 10 species in the Rubiaceae family. Most species are restricted in their distribution to the Southern Hemisphere, they are found in South America and Australasia. One species extends into the northern hemisphere, it is found in Central America, Eastern Asia and Hawaii. These perennial plants have low-growing, creeping and mat-forming habits, typically not exceeding 50cm in spread and height. Foliage is small and unpleasantly aromatic in some species, similar to plants in the genus Coprosma. This is due to the production of a substance called methanethiol, which releases a dung-like scent when the leaves are crushed.
How to propagate Nertera
You can propagate by division or from seed or tip cuttings in spring.
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Other uses of Nertera
Grown for their mass of spherical, bead-like fruits in autumn. They make excellent alpine house plants.