Drimys andina is a compact evergreen shrub native to Chile and Argentina. It is currently producing clusters of white petalled flowers at the end of the current season’s growth. These fragrant flowers, held on a long pedicel, are composed of creamy yellow anthers and in the centre four blocky lime green stigmas. The foliage is aromatic and the bark was once used as a preventative for scurvy on long sea journeys It is found as understory in the north of the Andes with Araucaria, then Nothofagus and finally with Fitzroya at the southern end as the distribution moves north to south down the mountain range. At the Garden it is growing in the Biodiversity garden where it is shaded by a Tree Paeonia. Replicating and enjoying its position as an understory plant.
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