Pirethorn: Pyracantha

Pyracantha, a member of the Rosaceae family, is native to the Mediterranean and the temperate regions of Asia.

It is much loved by gardeners because of the profusion of bright red, yellow or orange berries that appear in autumn and winter. The very vigorous P. coccinea can reach a height of 2 in (6 ft 6 in) but it can also be grown in a container and must cut to the appropriate size. However, when cutting it back it is important to remember that it flowers on wood that is two years old.

Clusters of little white flowers are produced in early summer, later followed by the bright berries that remain on the shrub well into the winter.

Pyracantha does not need much food and does not mind dry conditions. It will grow in full sun or partial shade. It is raised from seed or propagated from cuttings. The fruit can cause nausea if consumed.

10. July 2017 by admin
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