|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from Chile and Peru
Bright glossy evergreen foliage, shaped like holly, is a great backdrop for the long tubular flowers of this distinctive plant from Chile and other Andean countries. It grows at a steady but slow pace and unlike holly, forms a dense compact mound of foliage rarely exceeding 2m high. The soft red flowers have a yellow tint where they flare out at the tips of the trumpet-shaped bloom and have a soft honey perfume. Although the main flowering periods are spring and summer, they can appear at any time, and are always conspicuous against the deep green foliage. The dark leaves and dense, rounded form of the Taique, as it is known in Chile, acts as a great foil for other architecturally-shaped plants, whilst having its own exotic qualities.
Whilst this species gets its hardiness from growing at altitude in the Andes, it prefers a sheltered spot in the UK in dappled shade. It doesn’t like drought and overly-poor soils, but apart from those few preferences this is an easy species to grow.
Height and spread after 3 – 4 years 1.m x 1.m
Semi mature height and spread after 7 – 8 years if not clipped or pruned 2.5m x 2.5m