Disterigma alaternoides


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From the cloud forests of Panama and South America where it grows on trees in accumulations of decomposed debris in crotches. Finally, an upside to crotch debris! Essentially a neotropical blueberry, this had been placed in Vaccinium a time or two. Small white to pinkish flowers with similar colored edible fruit. Frost sensitive, great plant where that is not concern. Otherwise, this will be a fantastic hanging basket that can be overwintered in sunroom or greenhouse.


Plant Type

  • Shrub

Mature Size


Hardiness Zones

  • Zone 9a (20 °F)
  • Zone 9b (25 °F)
  • Zone 10 (30 °F)

Sun Exposure

  • Part Shade - Part Sun
  • Full Sun

Water Needs

  • Moist

Bloom Time

  • Spring