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A picture of a Nertera

Nertera

Nertera spp.

Coralito (Nertera granadensis) by Diucón (CC BY-SA 3.0)

Partial Shade
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

Minimum temperature

Expected size

Height
Spread

Max

Min

Flowering

  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Nertera

Some Nertera plants with green leaves and red berry fruits
Some Nertera plants with green leaves and red berry fruits
Some Nertera plants with green leaves and red berry fruits in the wild
Some Nertera plants with green leaves and red berry fruits
A photo of Nertera

Nertera Overview

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

Cuttings

You can propagate by division or from seed or tip cuttings in spring.

Division

Seed

Special features of Nertera

Attractive fruits

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Nertera

Grown for their mass of spherical, bead-like fruits in autumn. They make excellent alpine house plants.