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Desfontainia spinosa (Spiny desfontainia)

Beginner
skill rating
1 hour care
per year
2.5m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Desfontainia spinosa

Other names

Spiny desfontainia

Genus

Desfontainia Desfontainia

Species

D. spinosa - D. spinosa is an evergreen shrub with holly-likes leaves. It produces pendant, bright-red, tubular flowers from mid-summer to late autumn.


Desfontainia spinosa is: Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Red, Yellow in Summer; Yellow, Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Desfontainia spinosa (Spiny desfontainia) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in lime-free, moist, free-draining soil in semi-shade. Desfontainia are slow-growing and need a sheltered position.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Desfontainia spinosa

Other names

Spiny desfontainia

Genus

Desfontainia Desfontainia

Species

D. spinosa - D. spinosa is an evergreen shrub with holly-likes leaves. It produces pendant, bright-red, tubular flowers from mid-summer to late autumn.

Foliage

Evergreen

Habit

Bushy

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Red, Yellow in Summer; Yellow, Red in Autumn

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Propagation methods

Seed, Semi-hardwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Desfontainia spinosa (Spiny desfontainia) will reach a height of 2.5m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 years.

Suggested uses

Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Beds and borders, Low Maintenance

Cultivation

Plant in lime-free, moist, free-draining soil in semi-shade. Desfontainia are slow-growing and need a sheltered position.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Moist but well-drained, Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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