Irish wildflowers

Photographs: County Cork

Escallonia rubra var. macrantha (Escallonia macrantha)
Tomóg ghaelach
Family: Grossulariaceae

Flowering: June-September. Evergreen shrub. Garden escape. Introduced.

Deep pink-red flowers, 5-petalled. Sticky young shoots.
Shiny mid to dark green leaves, leathery, stalkless, alternate.
Finely-toothed leaves. Slightly frost-tender. Height: To 3m.

Relic of cultivation, also self-seeded on waste ground, roadsides, woodland,
walls, hedge banks. Found in S, W, N coastal areas, also inland in SW Ireland.
Naturalised garden escape, increasing.


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