A picture of a Christmas Berry

Christmas Berry

Passerina ericoides

Also known as


Full Sun
Moderate care


USDA zone


Minimum temperature


  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

More images of Christmas Berry

Passerina ericoides
Close up of image above
Foliage of P.ericoides.

Christmas Berry Overview

It is a most exhilarating experience seeing Passerina ericoides growing on cliff faces at Cape Point and overlooking the vast Atlantic Ocean, with branchlets trembling in the salt spray. It is clear that this plant is adapted to maritime conditions, also sitting comfortably amongst the coastal dunes from the Cape Peninsula to De Mond in the Bredasdorp District. The plant is characterized by greyish green leaves, greenish flowers and the fruits are fleshy red berries. ZA Distribution: Western Cape.