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Correas: Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens

Correas: Australian Plants for Waterwise Gardens
Maria Hitchcock
Rosenberg Publishing
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paper, 176 pp., $35.00

This book is the first comprehensive guide to the identification and cultivation of the genus Correa, also known as native Fuschia, in Australia. It includes descriptions of 10 species, 26 subspecies, and 145 varieties. Hitchock describes the basic gardening requirements of Correa, including soil and watering details as well as information on pests and diseases. These small shrubs flower in the autumn and winter, so they are frost and drought hardy. They are attractive to birds, bloom in sun and shade, and are propagated by both seed and cuttings. 

Botanically, the genus Correa were first noted by Joseph Banks (1743–1820) in 1770. Their scientific name honors José Francisco Correia da Serra (1750–1823), a Portuguese polymath. Horticulturally, it is only in the past few decades that Correa has been rediscovered in their native land. In this book, each species and cultivar is illustrated along with details on flower size, date of blooming, and cultivation. There are numerous distribution maps for varieties of Correa in Australia. Two American nurseries are noted as sources, just in case this book convinces you to try your hand with these beautiful plants.

— Adele Kleine, volunteer, Lenhardt Library, Chicago Botanic Garden