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Commonly known as Coral plant
EvergreenHeart-shaped, dark-green leaves, 10cm (4in) long, glaucous beneath. Small marginal spines.
ClimberSome of these climbing plants will need trellis or wire supports if grown on walls or fences. Other grow aerial roots and are self-clingingWeakly twining climber. Spherical flowers are 1.5cm (½in) across on stalks 5cm (2in) 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)
Against a wallNorth-facing wall or into a tree
Partial shadeSheltered site
Additional FeaturesGood to knowPrune only if essentialPests & DiseasesNonePlace of originChile
Flower ShapeRacemesPendent, terminal racemes and in 2- or 3-flowered clusters from the upper leaf axils
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
Pruning groupPruning group 6Suitable 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
Soil ConditionsNeutral to acid soilHumus-rich, well drained