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Vestia

Vestia spp.

Vestia foetida (14076169625) by peganum (CC BY-SA 2.0)

Full Sun
Moderate watering
Half-hardy

10a

USDA zone

-1°C

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Vestia Overview

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

Cuttings

Semi-ripe cuttings in summer.

Seed

Seed in autumn or spring.

Other uses of Vestia

Grown for its flowers and foliage.

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