Desfontainia spinosa a native to Chile, Ecuador, Peru. The parent plant of this specimen was growing in the Alerce Andino National Park, Chile at a relatively low altitude of 200 metres. The plant is covered in striking mid red tubular flowers, the lobes coloured yellow. The stamens are fused to the inner of the corolla tube with the needle like stigma tube retained on the plant well after the corolla drops. This well branched slow growing evergreen shrub has leaves with unforgiving spines. It is well worth sourcing this plant for the colour it provides.
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