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Semele androgyna

Named after the mother of Dionysus from Greek mythology, this leathery leaved evergreen climber comes from the Canaries and Madeira. Its a touch tender but useful because it will grow in shade (min -1c). The flowers are insignificant but unusual in that they appear on the leaf margins, these are followed in late summer and autumn by bright red berries in bunches again on the leaf margins. Semele androgyna is related to Ruscus the "Butchers Broom" Once established it will cope with lower temperatures and bounce back from major freezes.

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