An absolutely stunning, showy species, native to southern Peru, Bolivia and northern Argentina, producing exotic, hanging clusters of 10 centimetre flowers in a stunning combination of pure white and fluorescent red. The long trumpet-shaped blooms open progressively down the cluster for several months, followed, quite incredibly, by tasty green fruits! This is an extremely valuable plant that can either be grown in a large pot or be centre-stage in the garden. Freshly picked seeds are very rarely offered for sale.
These seeds have already been thoroughly cleaned and cold-stored for several months. They should be sown into a well-drained, sandy compost at any time of the year, and covered thinly with sand or grit and kept moist. Keep at between 15 and 20 degrees C. Seeds generally germinate within 4 to 6 weeks although some varieties may take much longer. Plants can be grown in large pots or even in a sheltered spot in the garden. The first year it will grow 3-5 feet, but cut back with secateurs at first sign of frost, to about 18". Pinching-out the growing tips to make it bush is NOT recommended. The plant might need to be wrapped in fleece in winter.
Classification:Half hardy shrub, Half hardy perennial