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Deppea splendens, 35 seeds
This extremely rare legendary evergreen from the mountains of Chiapas Mexico is possibly extinct in the wild. Grown now only in the collection of a few top-quality gardens/private collectors, this relative of the coffee bean is beautiful with or without blooms. It forms a tall handsome shrub that blooms from fall onwards till spring here in California. The elegant, long, dangling flowers are large, orangy-yellow trumpets with a fat, contrasty bright red calyx. If well grown, the plant can be very prolific in its flowering, and is simply stunning. Even without blooms, it is wonderfully tropical looking with its huge, ribbed leaves. Hardy from zone 10 onwards. 6 feet tall and wide. Dappled shade. High humidity. Rich, slightly acidic, moist, well-drained soil. Hard-to-find, fresh seeds, harvested 05/2016.
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