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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
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Special features of Desfontainia
Other uses of Desfontainia
Grown for their foliage and showy, tubular flowers.