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Chorizema cordatum AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Shrub or Conservatory/Greenhouse

Habit

Bushy

Resilience

Hardiness

H2 (tender - cool or frost-free greenhouse)

Colour

Flower

Orange, Red and Yellow in Winter

Foliage

Dark Green in Autumn, Spring, Summer and Winter

Size

Ultimate height

1-1.5 metres

Ultimate spread

1-1.5 metres

Time to ultimate height

5-10 years


Preferred common name

Australian flame pea

Family

Papilionaceae


Chorizema can be evergreen shrubs or climbers with simple, leathery leaves and terminal racemes of showy pea-like flowers

C. cordatum is a bushy evergreen shrub to 1.2m in height, with spiny, heart-shaped dark green leaves and racemes of red, orange and yellow flowers 1.5cm across

Other common names

  • flowering oak
  • heart-leaved flame pea

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun

Aspect

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

Cultivation

Under glass grow in loam-based or loam-less potting compost with added sharp sand, in full light with shade from hot sun and good ventilation. Water moderately when in growth and apply a balanced liquid fertiliser monthly. Keep just moist in winter

Soil

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

Propagation

Propagate by seed at 13-18 °C, after soaking in warm water, in spring or by semi-hardwood cuttings in summer

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Low Maintenance or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 11 after flowering

Pests

May be attacked by glasshouse red spider mite under glass

Diseases

Generally disease free