TEESSIDE BRANCH PHOTO GALLERY
Drosanthemum hispidum is a very versatile and tolerant
plant. Drosanthemums occur naturally in Namibia and the southern and western
parts of South Africa. They are often treated as garden plants, even here
in England, and the plant pictured has thrived for several years now despite
being planted in a most inhospitable location. It is growing in north east
England in a bed of clay soil, beneath the north side of a small
holly tree, and so gets extremely dry in the summer, but can be wet - even
flooded - for long periods in the winter. It is true to say that it looks
worse for wear by spring, but it recovers, spreads and flowers profusely
over several months each summer.
The above growing conditions are far from ideal
and a sunny, well drained bed would be much more preferable, however they
do illustrate just how hardy these plants can be.
Photograph by : John Ellis
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