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Commonly known as Bluebell creeper
EvergreenOval to narrowly oblong mid- to deep-green leaves 2.5-5cm (1-2in) long.
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingWeak-stemmed, later bushy, twining climber. Produces flowers 1.5cm (½in) across in cymes of 4-8 followed by edible, cylindrical blue berries to 2.5cm (1 in) long.
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy 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)
Full sunShade from hot midday sun.
Partial shadeDappled shade.
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesRed spider mites if in greenhousePlace of originAustralia (Western Australia)
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New ZealandGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Pruning groupPruning group 8Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilHumus-rich
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