Rivina: Greenhouse Plants

W – warm, minimum of 13°C (55°F)

Family: Phytolaccaceae

Rivina humilis from the Caribbean is the Blood Berry. It is a low growing plant, never reaching much more than 60 cm (2 ft) and is rather plain, bearing insignificant flowers. However, during most of the year it bears attractive small red berries. When I discovered its common name I smeared one of the berries on my hand and it looked very plausibly like blood; so much so that after the application of several berries I had quite a few concerned enquiries as to how I had cut my hand. It is easily propagated by cuttings or seed. Apparently it can also be propagated by leaf cuttings but I have never tried this.

28. July 2013 by admin
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