|Author:||(Spreng.)Escalente.||Botanical references:||11, 200|
|Synonyms:||Colletia cruciata (Gill.&Hook.)|
|Known Hazards:||None known|
|Range:||S. America – Argentina, Chile.|
|Edibility Rating (1-5):||0||Medicinal Rating (1-5):||0|
|Epithets:||From a Dictionary of Botanical Epithets|
|paradoxa = unusual;|
|Systematics:||From a UDSA Plants Database|
|Order: Rhamnales. Buckthorn family|
A decidious shrub growing to 3m by 5m at a slow rate. It is hardy to zone 8. It is in flower from September to October. 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 and requires well-drained soil. The plant prefers acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It requires moist soil.
Habitats and Possible Locations
Woodland, Sunny Edge, Dappled Shade.
Wood. Used for house construction, agricultural implements and wagons
Grows well in a sandy freely draining loam
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 flowers are sweetly scented.