|Author:||Miers.||Botanical references:||11, 200|
|Synonyms:||Colletia valdiviana (Phil.), Colletia spinosa armata ((Miers.)Reiche.)|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||S. America – S. Chile.|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||0||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||0|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|armata = armed (spiny);|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Rhamnales. Buckthorn family|
A decidious shrub growing to 3.5m by 3m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 8. It is in flower from September to December. The scented flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects. We rate it 0/5 for edibility and 0/5 for medicinal use.
The plant prefers light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils, requires well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It requires dry or moist soil. The plant can tolerate maritime exposure.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Hedge, Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.
A very prickly plant and also very tolerant of maritime exposure, it makes a good windbreak hedge and is also good for security. Its main drawback is that it is slow to reach an effective height
Grows well in a sandy freely draining loam where it flowers freely in a sunny position
Seed – we have no information for this species but suggest sowing fresh seed as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse and stored seed as early in the year as it is received. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe side shoots, 5 – 8cm with a heel, July/August in a frame
- Flowers: Fresh
- The fragrant flowers have the scent of vanilla.
- A stronger-growing form of the species