Anthopterus wardii, Neotropical Blueberry

Anthopterus wardii

Neotropical Blueberry
Family: Ericaceae
Origin: Panama, Columbia, Equador
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterEpiphyte plantWhite, off-white flowersEthnomedical plant.
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Anthopterus wardii is an evergreen, herbaceous plant with a highly variable growth pattern. Growing to 2-5 ft tall, this small shrub is native to the forests of Panama, Colombia, and Ecuador.

The foliage ranges from bright green to a dark blue-green color and is generally glossy. It prefers full sun or semi-shade to flower prolifically and is also an ethnomedical plant. In a garden setting, Neotropical Blueberry should be planted in well-draining, acidic soil and given regular watering.

The primary draw of Anthopterus wardii is the beautiful off-white to white flowers which bloom from mid to late spring. The fragrant flowers are preferred by bees and hummingbirds for foraging, though the berries that follow are toxic to humans. It is suitable to be grown in USDA Zone 9-11, and may require winter protection in colder regions. It will do best in a planter with its root system kept moist, in order to protect it from freezing temperatures.

Anthopterus wardii is a low-maintenance plant with its care limited to keeping its soil moist, but not sopping wet or saturated. Pruning any weak or dead limbs will result in the most attractive appearance. It is able to adapt to almost any garden setting, making it a great addition to any outdoor spaces that enjoy partial sun and are located in the south.

Anthopterus wardii, Neotropical Blueberry
Anthopterus wardii, Neotropical Blueberry
Anthopterus wardii, Neotropical Blueberry

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