The Cultivation of Valdivia gayana J. RÉMY.

a Little Known Herb from Southern Chile


  • Kate Hughes Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Andrew Ensoll Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh
  • Martin F. Gardner Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh



Valdivia gayana J. Rémy. is a herbaceous, sometimes sub-shrubby member of Escalloniaceae, a family dominated by woody species. It has a limited distribution in southern Chile and, to the knowledge of the authors, has not been cultivated in gardens outside Chile before. It is an unusual species in many senses and the collection and cultivation from seed at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh is described here and suggestions for propagating the plant from cuttings are made.

Author Biographies

Kate Hughes, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Horticultural Project Officer, Horticulture

Andrew Ensoll, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Senior Horticulturist

Martin F. Gardner, Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh

Coordinator International Conifer Conservation Programme


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How to Cite

Hughes, K., Ensoll, A., & Gardner, M. F. (2014). The Cultivation of Valdivia gayana J. RÉMY.: a Little Known Herb from Southern Chile. Sibbaldia: The International Journal of Botanic Garden Horticulture, (12), 57–66.




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