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Desfontainia spinosa - 2014


By Andrewr

Desfontainia spinosa - 2014 (Desfontainia spinosa)

This shrub looks just like a holly - until if flowers. For a cool, shady, sheltered site in a peaty soil. Grows to around six feet. Probably not hardy enough for colder parts of the country.

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I'm pleased to see that you have discolouration on the young leaves too (sorry). I have two young plants and both are "suffering" like that. I was unsure if they needed potting on or it was the cool weather.

Strangely, the smaller one is a reliable bloomer whereas the larger one has yet to flower for me in two years.

29 May, 2014


Meanie - I suspect all plants of this shrub may be seed raised and therefore slightly variable. This might explain why some plants flower better than others.

30 May, 2014


Sorry to be a pain Andrew!
Are you saying that it's difficult to propagate from cuttings?

31 May, 2014


That comment above (credited to Iciar) was actually made by me - for some strange reason it happens from time to time.

31 May, 2014


I have consulted two books, and although they both say it can be propagated by cuttings, one says semi ripe material and the other hardwood. Also 'medium difficulty'.
I know it is not the easiest plant to please down here in the southeast where the summers can be warm and dry (in a good year).

31 May, 2014

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