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Desfontainia

Desfontainia spp.

Desfontainia spinosa (3163535664) by Jason Hollinger (CC BY 2.0)

Partial Shade
Frost Hardy

H4

RHS hardiness

-10°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

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Desfontainia Overview

The genus Desfontainia has 3 evergreen shrubs and small trees and is usually grown for its tubular flowers and deep green, holly-like foliage. Flowers are around 4cm long, waxy and often bicoloured red with yellow ends. They have been utilised for a range of functions including medicinal, colour dying and as an ornamental shrub. Following the flowers, green-yellow berries are produced, these contain approximately 50 brown shiny seeds. They are also known to grow well as epiphytic organisms on host trees but are mostly grown as terrestrial species.

How to propagate Desfontainia

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Special features of Desfontainia

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Desfontainia

Grown for their foliage and showy, tubular flowers.