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Commonly known as Lobster claw, Parrot's bill
Dark green leaves to 15cm (6in) long with 13-25 narrowly oblong leaflets.
Climber Some of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clinging
Climbing shoots. Produces flowers to 7cm (3in) long
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Against a wall
Shelter from cold, drying winds
Endangered in the wild These plants are listed on the International Union for Conservation of Nature's list of 'Red Plants'. This is a list of threatened species in the wild, they are either critically, endangered or vulnerable to extinction. - Endangered
Good to know
can be trained against a wall. After flowering cut back flowered shoots by no more than one-third their length
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
New Zealand (North Island)
Racemes - pendent racemes to 15cm (6in) long
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Pruning group 6
Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs or climbers that need little to no pruning.
Action: Trim back shoots that spoil symmetry and to fit available space.
When: Annually after flowering if on previous year's growth, or in later Winter or Spring if flowering on current year's growth, or as requires.
RHS group 9 & 11
Pruning group 8 - Suitable for: Wall trained shrubs and less vigorous climbers.
Action: For climbers 'spur prune' by cutting back 3-4 buds of the permanent framework. For wall trained shrubs cut back flowered shoots to within 2-4 buds of permanent framework.
When: Annually after flowers if on previous year's growth, or in late Winter or Spring if on current year's growth.
RHS group 12 & 13
if wall grown
Well drained, dry, poor to moderately fertile soil - protect with a deep winter mulch. Often sprouts from the base if cut back by frost
CLIANTHUS puniceus 'Albus'
CLIANTHUS puniceus 'Flamingo'
CLIANTHUS puniceus 'Flamingo'
Buy Varieties of CLIANTHUS puniceus
Pure white lobster claw flowers
Attractive deep rose-pink flowers
Huge deep red flowers in profusion
Selected free-flowering form of the red lobster claw with brilliant scarlet flowers