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Commonly known as Coral plant
Heart-shaped, dark-green leaves, 10cm (4in) long, glaucous beneath. Small marginal spines.
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
Weakly twining climber. Spherical flowers are 1.5cm (½in) across on stalks 5cm (2in) 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
North-facing wall or into a tree
Good to know - prune only if essential
Pests & Diseases
Place of origin
Racemes - pendent, terminal racemes and in 2- or 3-flowered clusters from the upper leaf axils
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
Neutral to acid soil - humus-rich, well drained