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Edible uses


Fruit - raw or cooked. A sweet mealy flesh[1]. Rarely seen on plants growing in Britain[2]. The fruit is about 5mm in diameter[3]. One report says that the fruit contains up to 24% by dry weight of oil[1], does this refer to the seed?[K].


Material uses

A most attractive ground cover plant for the winter garden[4].
There are no material uses listed for Cyathodes colensoi.

Medicinal uses(Warning!)

There are no medicinal uses listed for Cyathodes colensoi.


Ecosystem niche/layer

Soil surface

Ecological Functions

Ground cover


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Seed - surface sow in ericaceous soil, February/March in a cold frame[5]. Do not exclude light[5]. Germination can take place within 1 - 2 months at 18°c but often takes 3 - 5 years[3]. Scarification will reduce the germination time and 2 or 3 periods of 4 - 6 weeks cold stratification alternated with 4 weeks warm stratification can also help[6]. Perhaps sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe would also be beneficial[K].The seedlings can be very slow to form roots and need to be potted up with great care[3]. Grow them on in a greenhouse for at least two years before planting them out in late spring or early summer.

Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame[7]. Neither easy nor reliable[3].

Air layering[3].

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Requires a moist well-drained lime-free humus rich soil in a sheltered site in partial or dappled shade[2][5][3]. Plants are very susceptible to drought[3]. A good rock garden plant. Slow growing[2].

This species is fairly hardy in Britain but it can be damaged in very severe winters[2]. Another report says that it is only hardy to about -5°c[3], but plants have been seen growing on a very shady north-facing slope in a rock garden at Kew, which experiences lower temperatures than this[K]. These plants were undamaged after the very cold winter of 1996 - 97 and were flowering freely in April 1997[K]. Plants grow best in areas with moderate winters and cool moist summers[3]. The sweetly scented flowers are produced in axillary clusters[8].

Plants have very fine root systems and great care must be taken when transplanting them[9].


Problems, pests & diseases

Associations & Interactions

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Polycultures & Guilds

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Full Data

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Binomial name
Cyathodes colensoi
Imported References
Edible uses
Medicinal uses
Material uses & Functions
Edible uses
None listed.
Material uses
None listed.
Medicinal uses
None listed.
Functions & Nature
Provides forage for
Provides shelter for
Hardiness Zone
Heat Zone
partial shade
Soil PH
Soil Texture
Soil Water Retention
Environmental Tolerances
    Native Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Adapted Climate Zones
    None listed.
    Native Geographical Range
    None listed.
    Native Environment
    None listed.
    Ecosystem Niche
    Root Zone Tendancy
    None listed.
    Deciduous or Evergreen
    Herbaceous or Woody
    Life Cycle
    Growth Rate
    Mature Size
    Flower Colour
    Flower Type


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    2. ? Bean. W. Trees and Shrubs Hardy in Great Britain. Vol 1 - 4 and Supplement. Murray (1981-00-00)
    3. ? Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992. MacMillan Press ISBN 0-333-47494-5 (1992-00-00)
    4. ? 4.04.1 Thomas. G. S. Ornamental Shrubs, Climbers and Bamboos. Murray ISBN 0-7195-5043-2 (1992-00-00)
    5. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Growing from Seed. Volume 4. Thompson and Morgan. (1990-00-00)
    6. ? Bird. R. (Editor) Focus on Plants. Volume 5. (formerly 'Growing from seed') Thompson and Morgan. (1991-00-00)
    7. ? Brickell. C. The RHS Gardener's Encyclopedia of Plants and Flowers Dorling Kindersley Publishers Ltd. ISBN 0-86318-386-7 (1990-00-00)
    8. ? Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World. Robert Hale. London. ISBN 0-7090-5440-8 (1994-00-00)
    9. ? Wrigley. J. W. and Fagg. M. Australian Native Plants. Collins. (Australia) ISBN 0-7322-0021-0 (1988-00-00)
    10. ? Allan. H. H. Flora of New Zealand. Government Printer, Wellington. (1961-00-00)