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Retains its foliage when grown indoors. Dark green leaves to 8cm (3in) long
Free flowering erect to spreading shrub with downy stems and silvery grey bark. Flowers have 5 short lobes and are usually followed by spherical berries, turning yellow-green when ripe.
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)
Good to know - pinch young plants to encourage bushiness. May need restrictive pruning in late winter
Pests & Diseases
red spider mites, whiteflies
Place of origin
southern Bolivia to northwestern Argentina
Bell/Lantern - bell-shaped to funnel-shaped 2.5cm (1in) long
Frost hardy (down to -5)
Entire see photos above
Lanceolate see photos above
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
Fertile moist well-drained soil