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Conservatory GreenhouseClimber Wall Shrub

Asteranthera ovata

estrellita

An evergreen, self-clinging climber, freely-branching, with small, oval, opposite pairs of bristly leaves. The bright red flowers are tubular, about 6cm long, flaring into four lobes, and softly hairy

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Size
Ultimate height
2.5–4 metres
Time to ultimate height
5–10 years
Ultimate spread
1.5–2.5 metres
Growing conditions
Loam
Moisture
Moist but well–drained
pH
Acid
Colour & scent
StemFlowerFoliageFruit
Spring Green
Summer Red Green
Autumn Green
Winter Green
Position
  • Partial shade
Aspect

West–facing or North–facing or East–facing

Exposure
Sheltered
Hardiness
H3
Botanical details
Family
Gesneriaceae
Native to the UK
No
Foliage
Evergreen
Habit
Climbing
Genus

Asteranthera are climbing or creeping shrubs with evergreen, bristly leaves and brightly coloured flowers

Name status

Correct

Plant range
Chile to Argentina

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How to grow

Cultivation

Needs a cool, humid climate, and lime-free, humus-rich, moderately fertile soil or compost. Must be shaded from hot sun and sheltered from cold winds. Suitable for growing up a tree or over logs in woodland, or on a shaded wall, where it will tolerate a few degrees of frost, otherwise grow in a cool greenhouse or conservatory

Propagation

Propagate by seed surface sown in containers in a cold frame in autumn, or root semi-ripe cuttings in late summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types
  • Cottage and informal garden
  • Wall side borders
  • Banks and slopes
Pruning

No pruning required

Pests

Generally trouble free

Diseases

Generally trouble free

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