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Nertera balfouriana - Ckn.

Common Name
Family Rubiaceae
USDA hardiness 8-11
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Damp and boggy ground from lowland to the sub-alpine zone, especially amongst sphagnum moss[44].
Range New Zealand.
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Half Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade
Nertera balfouriana


Nertera balfouriana

 

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Nertera balfouriana is a PERENNIAL growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.3 m (1ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs).
Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland). It prefers moist soil.

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Synonyms

Habitats

Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; Cultivated Beds;

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw[173]. The fruit is a berry about 1cm in diameter with a single seed[200].

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Medicinal Uses

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None known

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Other Uses

None known

Special Uses

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Cultivation details

Requires a light well-drained soil in semi-shade and shelter from cold winds[200]. Plants are intolerant of excessive winter wet[200]. A prostrate mat-forming plant that forms roots at the nodes of stems, it grows well in a rock garden in areas where frosts are light and short-lived[200]. It succeeds outdoors only in the milder areas of Britain.

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Propagation

Seed - sow spring in a shaded part of a cool greenhouse or cold frame[200]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in a lightly shaded position in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Consider giving the plants some protection from the cold for their first winter outdoors. Division in spring.

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

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Growth: S = slow M = medium F = fast. Soil: L = light (sandy) M = medium H = heavy (clay). pH: A = acid N = neutral B = basic (alkaline). Shade: F = full shade S = semi-shade N = no shade. Moisture: D = dry M = Moist We = wet Wa = water.

 

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