Eccremocarpus scaber

Chilean glory flower

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Plant type

Evergreen climber

Flower colour






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Eccremocarpus scaber

Plant details

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.

Family: Bignoniaceae

Genus: Eccremocarpus

Species: scaber

Plant type: Evergreen climber

Flower colour: Mixed

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun

Soil: Well-drained/light, Dry, Sandy

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 180cm

Time to plant seeds: February to March

Flowering period: July to September

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Polder princess

I sowed seeds twice indoors in a propagator on a sunny windowsill above a radiator. Nothing came up.

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