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Vicious little shrub!


Vicious little shrub!

Saw this spiny shrub, with a fallen Magnolia leaf impaled on it, at Nymans Gardens. Curiosity got the better of me so here's what I found ...



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COLLETIA CRUCIATA
Vicious little evergreen shrub from Patagonia with delicious almond scented flowers beloved by all self respecting butterflies with a healthy disregard for their own safety. The entire plant appears to be made up of little models of nose to tail Vulcan bombers. Or are they Concordes?

Lots of light and reasonably well drained soil and plant where you don’t want people to go. A botanical curiosity. Why would you grow it in your garden? Why do we grow it? Absolutely no idea. We always have and we always will. We can’t help ourselves.

Propagated by us from cuttings. Either originally from the Chelsea Physic Garden or Borde Hill in Sussex. Can’t remember.

19 Mar, 2022

 

Ouch!

19 Mar, 2022

 

Anget, it was perilously close to the pathway too!

19 Mar, 2022

 

Give that one a miss.

19 Mar, 2022

 

Definitely . . .

19 Mar, 2022

 

Maybe I should get one to plant where the cats always seem to go, plus the fox!!

20 Mar, 2022

 

Rose, is that darn Fox still visiting your garden?

20 Mar, 2022

 

Not a desirable plant! Actually, I hate wood pigeons and their mess.. I can always consider it, but, nothing deters pigeons.

20 Mar, 2022

 

I second that, Kate, the Wood Pigeons are pairing up now and seem to think my garden is their courting area, grrr!

21 Mar, 2022

 

Not as much Shirley , but now getting lots of cats! Lots of new people this year . all with cats!!

22 Mar, 2022

 

Rose, our son was plagued with cats visiting his garden a few years ago. He bought something that emits high frequency sound (cannot recall the name of it) and, lo and behold, no more cats . . . :o)

23 Mar, 2022

 

An interesting plant, good as a barrier for anything.

12 Apr, 2022

 

Yes indeed!

15 Apr, 2022



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