A monotypic genus in the Solanaceae or nightshade family containing only one species; Vestia foetida, the Chilean box thorn. It is grown for its glossy, dark evergreen foliage, compact shrubby habit and unusual tubular yellow flowers. However, the leaves have a pungent smell, hence the species name, ‘foetida’ or fetid.
How to propagate Vestia
Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.
Seed in autumn or spring.
Other uses of Vestia
Grown for its flowers and foliage.