Monday, March 2, 2009

Correa 'Dusky Bells'

Correa 'Dusky Bells'
This small native shrub is reliable and hardy, producing flowers from now right throuh the winter. It is an old cultivar and possibly a hybrid between C.pulchella and C reflexa. Like most native shrubs it needs to be kept tip pruned from when quite a small plant to encourage bushy growth and more flowers. It can be used as a low hedge and is good in coastal sandy gardens which have sea spray or in mountain gardens which get frost. The white flowering Correa alba which is taller growing is another excellent local plant for coastal gardens. Correas have been used in British and Meditteranean gardens since the mid 19th century so they have a long and worthy history of garden cultivation.
2017 update: Available from specialist native plant nurseries.

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