Herb: Coral Plant


Latin name: Berberidopsis corallina


Family: Flacourtiaceae



Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Climber

Height:
5 m
(16 feet)

Flovering:
July to
September

Habitat of Coral Plant:

Deep, moist ravines in woodlands within the coastal belt. This species is quite possibly extinct in the wild.

Other uses of the herb:

The stems are quite flexible and are used in basket-making.

Propagation of Coral Plant:

Seed - best sown in a warm greenhouse in early spring. The seed can take 12 months or more to germinate and there is usually a poor germination rate. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, prick them out into individual pots. Grow them on a shady part of the greenhouse for at least their first winter and then plant them out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frost. Consider giving the plant some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Layering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Deep, moist ravines in woodlands within the coastal belt. This species is quite possibly extinct in the wild.

Medicinal use of Coral Plant:

None known

Known hazards of Berberidopsis corallina:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.