Lardizabala biternata

Wednesday 30 October 2013

Lardizabala biternata

Lardizabala biternata

This was the buzz in Mount Stewart today. Neil brought us over to see this Lardizabala biternata on the pergola at the Sunk Garden. My photograph isn’t very good but Lesley the Intrepid climbed up on the wall to get her photo, with me holding on to her, so look out for her great shot on her board in the courtyard.

It is a rarely cultivated plant, little known outside Chile, where many locals crave its sweet sausage-like fruits. It is an evergreen, perennial, climbing woody vine with tiny brownish purple flowers. Best grown under frost free conditions but is quite happy in Mount Stewart gardens (aren’t we all).

Jill

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