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botanical name:
Nertera granadensis
Nertera granadensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Bead plant, Coral bead plant, Baby tears
characteristics: perennial, ground-cover
height: 0.08m
width: 0.20m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: prostrate
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: orange
main season: Autumn
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -3°C
USDA zone: 9 to 10
Low growing, creeping habit, forming mats of small fleshy green leaves. Small greenish white flowers in June, followed by prolific red-orange berries, sometimes almost covering the plant.

Humus rich, gritty, moist but well drained soil in sun or part shade. Only just frost hard and best grown under glass or as a house plant in cool areas. Prefers temperatures between 14 and 17°C. Needs good light and ventilation when grown as a house plant and reduced watering in winter. Feed when berries are forming, but over-rich conditions promote leaf growth and reduce flowering.

By division in spring.

House plant.

other notes:
From the mountains of South America, New Zealand and Tasmania. The forms from Australia and New Zealand are regarded by some as a separate species.

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