Plantidote of the Day 2011-01-28
A member of the honeysuckle family, this South African import grows everywhere here in Zone 10, mostly wild, on canyon hillsides and in vacant lots. They can be trimmed into hedges, and with their abundant branches and leaves, they're perfect for a privacy screen. But typically they're left alone, growing as high as twenty to thirty feet.
Cape honeysuckles require very little care. They like lots of sun and good drainage, and in return they'll produce dozens of clusters of tomato-red flowers several times during the year, including mid-winter! (Big hat tip to ydrasl for suggesting this. Thanks!)
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