What is it?

I passed this shrub yesterday and once again I wondered what it was called.

The leaves are shaped like holly, yet in high summer it produces a mass of colour with trumpet shaped flowers.  It is the only bush like it that I have ever seen and the householder was unable to give me a name for it.

Magpie!  Are you familiar with it?

UPDATE: Through the wonderful world of blogging friends we didn’t have to wait long!  Desfontainea spinosa is your answer.  Thank you Nelly and please pass on a great big hug to Bert the sleepy clarinet playing horticulturist for his wisdom!  Now give that man another slice of cake!

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Now don’t forget to come back at 5p.m. for a spot of loose blogging…. It was my turn to pick the topic this week!

26 thoughts on “What is it?

  1. steph

    No idea of the name of that shrub ❓ Nice though.

    GM,

    If you loose blog, does it mean you get called a LOOSE blogger? 😮

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  2. Nelly

    Desfontainea – Grannymar. Just checked it with Bert. He is a horticulturist y’know. Although all the other horticulturists are out of their beds by now. He’s a sleepy horticulturist.

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  3. Grannymar Post author

    @Alice – Thanks to the wonderful world of blogging friends we didn’t have to wait long! Desfontainea spinosa is your answer.

    @Steph – A LOOSE blogger? More like a loose cannon in my case! 🙄

    @Nelly – Please thank the sleepy clarinet playing horticulturist for his wisdom! I hope you didn’t wake him up to ask. 😉

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  4. Nelly

    I did so wake him up, Hey Bert what d’ye call that holly looking thing with the long apicoty-orange flowers we saw at Castle Kennedy? But never fear – he dropped right off again.

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  5. Grannymar Post author

    @Nick – I would prefer a tree like that at Christmas.

    @Nelly – 😆 Save the cake for later so! 😆

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  6. Baino

    Weird looking thing. That’ll keep the cats out of your garden. Ouch! Bed you didn’t know my nick name is “Nelly” TA-DAAAAA!

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  7. Nancy

    I think it is called the candy corn bush. Do you have that sweet in Ireland? We give it to the children at Halloween..

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  8. Grannymar Post author

    @Steph – The only thing loose about me are my teeth! 🙄

    @Baino – Nothing keeps the cats out! I knew you have a nickname. 😉

    @Kate – That it is.

    @Nancy – I am not familiar with them.

    @Nelly – Thanks Nelly, you are a mine of information.

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  9. Grannymar Post author

    @WWW – I don’t believe it! I never saw it anywhere else.

    @Ramana – If you want to find an answer…. ask the blogging fraternity! 😀

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  10. Magpie11

    Here I am…late again! Chilean Holly I think!

    It’s interesting that Chilean Glory vine (Eccremocarpus scaber) has similar flowers but in racemes IIRC)

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  11. Grannymar Post author

    Magpie,

    What was that important piece of information imparted by school teachers???? 😉 Read all the questions first! 😆

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  12. kate

    I’m a little late with this..

    I have these plants in my garden! Mexican Vine is the common name, they are so easy to grow. They now cover a whole wall and fence, in a sheltered spot they withstand the frost and snow. (mine lived through last winter)

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  13. Grannymar Post author

    Another Kate, welcome on board.

    I wonder if Chilean Holly and are one and the same plant or slight variations? No matter it is a lovely specimen.

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