Friday, August 22, 2008

Streptosolen jamesonii,' Ginger Meggs'

Streptosolen jamesonii syn Browallia jamesonii

This slender branched shrub which grows to about 1.5 metres is not seen much anymore even though it will grow as far south as Melbourne. The open growth habit of cascading branches may have been the reason for its loss of popularity as it is is not easy to "attack" with a hedge trimmer and requires hand pruning after flowering. The honey eater birds love it and often weigh the arching branches right to the ground while feeding.The bright marmalade colour and manageable height means it can be used to great effect when planted in front of the dark forms of Cordyline australis such as 'Scott Base' or Cordyline fruticosa 'Negra'
 2017 update. It is still available in the nursery trade and I sometimes propagate it. There is a golden yellow flowering form which always puts on a good show. The dwarf compact form known as 'Ginger Meggs' is also available.

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