Real World Gardener Correa Ring a Ding is Plant of the Week

October 9th, 2015

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PLANT OF THE WEEK

The exotic Fuchsia plant has very attractive delicate flowers and perhaps the native version isn’t quite so showy.

On the plus side, native fuchsias or Correas are much more hardy and won’t die on you after a season or two because you’ve either overwatered or underwatered it.

Correa belongs to the family Rutaceae, along with Australian native plantsBoronia and Philotheca.

The name Correa is taken from José Francisco Correa de Serra, a Portuguese botanist. 

 
They are mainly prostrate to small or medium shrubs, growing to a height of plus or minus approximately 2 metres as a general guide with a similar spread.

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Correa baeuerlenii

Karen recommends Correa baeuerlenii, Chef's Hat Correa and Correa glabra for hardy garden situations.
Correa Ring a Ding is one of the latest cultivars to be released.

 

 

Coreas can be grown in most soil types in sun or part shade.

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Correa Ring a Ding

Good drainage is important however, and raised beds are suggested for heavy soil conditions.
Once established, plants flower from early autumn to late spring.

Most plants could sprawl but giving it a light prune can give you  a more compact shape.

However, correas can be hard pruned but I prefer a little and often.

The more your lightly prune the more flower you will get.

Flowers have four petals usually fused into a pendulous bell.

Eventually this flower can split at its end point and reflex adding to variety and intrigue.

Six to eight stamens can extend a little beyond the calyx tube with pollen-presenters most evident. 
 

If you have any questions about growing Correas, why not write in to realworldgardener@gmail.com

 

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