Mitraria coccinea

Photo by Ron Myhr
Grown at Ilnacullen Gardens, Ireland

A native of South America, this semi-hardy shrubby species tolerates a few degrees of frost, and thrives in climates such as the British Isles and comparable regions of North America.  A closeup of the flowers on this plant, growing in the wonderful island garden of Ilnacullen in Ireland, may be seen here.

A number of different collections of the species are available from specialist growers, particularly in the UK.  One, Mitraria coccinea 'Lake Caburgua',  has somewhat larger flowers than the standard species.

 

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