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Ercilla spicata

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Features

  • BloomsApril
  • Height5m to 10m
  • Growth HabitClimbing
  • Flower ColourPink and yellow
  • Leaf ColourDark green

Description

Ercilla spicata. This vigorous climber from Peru and Chile is a freely branching evergreen perennial. The leaves are ovate to heart-shaped and glossy deep green with pale veins. The spikes of pink or yellow flowers are borne in spring, they are followed by deep purple berries. Can reach a height of 10m.

Synonym E. volubilis

Characteristics

Perennial, Evergreen, Shrub or Herbaceous

Origin

Peru and Chile

Interest and use

Grown for its neat, green leaves that densely clothe stems.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun or Part shade
  • HardinessFrost hardy (min -5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Fertile
  • WaterMoist

Cultivation

You will need to prune after flowering if required. It may need staking.

Propagation

Stem cuttings or layering in late summer or autumn.

Pests, diseases or disorders

Scale insects may be a problem.

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