January’s Plant of the Month

Correa reflexa var. nummularifolia

To my mind this is the best Correa. It’s hardy to about -13C (others are only hardy to about -6C) and it’s compact and shapely (others are leggy and gawky). They all bloom overwinter starting in mid autumn or earlier.

I prefer selfs like this (flowers that are one colour). Other Correas show two colours. OK, it’s pale green but then many winter flowering plants have green flowers. Green flowers are forgiveable in winter. It’s special enough that I grow mine in a pot by the front door (a pot’s necessary only because I’d not get it in any other way). Height and spread is 50cm x 55cm,  and it likesany good soil, sun or half shade. Best out of the coldest winds.

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