Pot Size: 1 litre (deep)
Description: A rare monoecious species which has a tiny distribution in the wild, confined to the island of Madeira. Where it grows in the high mountain laurel forests in dense shade on steep slopes. A low growing evergreen rhizomatous sub-shrub, in its normal form, with arching stems to 60cm long, that grow almost horizontal to the ground. Bearing broadly elliptic to ovate leaf-like cladodes (flattened stems) that are twisted at their bases, hence the inflorescence which is positioned in the middle of the upper surface, hangs below. The winter born flowers have reflexed perianth segments, followed by plump red fruit on female plants if pollinated, several months later. Best grown in shade, sheltered from frosts in a well drained organic soil.
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Crûg Farm Plants, Griffith's Crossing, Caernarfon, Gwynedd, LL55 1TU.
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