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The Chilean glory flower, Eccremocarpus scaber, is an exotic-looking climber with wiry stems and sparse, dark, evergreen foliage which acts as a perfect backdrop to its bright red, orange or yellow tubular flowers. It provides a useful screen for the bare bases of climbing roses, or to disguise the balding lower areas of conifers. The plants are not hardy but in mild regions they may survive – dying down in winter and reappearing larger and stronger the following year. In very mild, sheltered areas the foliage may remain all winter. Otherwise they should be treated as annuals. The Royal Horticultural Society has given it the Award of Garden Merit (AGM).
Grow Eccremocarpus scaber in fertile, neutral to acidic, well-drained soil in full sun. Deadhead spent blooms to prolong flowering.
Plant type: Evergreen climber
Flower colour: Mixed
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun
Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy
Skill level: Experienced
Time to plant seeds: February to March
Flowering period: July to September
I sowed seeds twice indoors in a propagator on a sunny windowsill above a radiator. Nothing came up.
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