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Sollya heterophylla AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Climber/Wall Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Climbing

Resilience

Hardiness

H3 (half hardy - unheated greenhouse/mild winter)

Colour

Flower

Blue in Autumn and Summer

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Fruit

Purple in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

0.1-0.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

2-5 years


Preferred common name

bluebell creeper

Family

Pittosporaceae


Sollya are twining perennial climbers with simple, evergreen leaves and bell-shaped flowers in nodding axillary clusters, followed by purple or blue berries

S. heterophylla is an evergreen climber to 1.8m, with narrowly lance-shaped leaves and nodding clusters of blue flowers 1.5cm across, followed by cylindrical purple berries 2.5cm in length

Other common names

  • Australian bluebell creeper

Synonym(s)

  • Billardiera heterophylla
  • Sollya fusiformis

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • South-facing, West-facing or East-facing
  • Sheltered

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based or loam-less compost, in full light with shade from hot sun. During growth, water moderately and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Maintain low to moderate humidity. Can be grown outdoors in frost-free areas in moderately fertile, humus-rich, moist but well-drained soil in full sun. Apply a dry winter mulch. Provide support for climbing stems

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Alkaline or Neutral
  • Loam, Chalk or Sand

Propagation

Propagate by seed, sown at 10-16°C in spring, or strike softwood cuttings in late spring or early summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

City/Courtyard Gardens, Patio/Container Plants, Wall-side Borders or Mediterranean Climate Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 12 in late winter or early spring

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite

Diseases

Generally disease free