A remarkable New Zealand plant which forms dense tufts of small fleshy bright - green leaves, upon which numerous bright orange - red berries (fig. 227) about half the size of peas are seated after the minute greenish or pinkish flowers are fertilized. This plant is often sold as a curiosity when in fruit, and is also used for carpet bedding. It flourishes in a mixture of sandy loam and leaf mould, and likes plenty of moisture and sunshine. It is best grown for sale in small pots in light and airy greenhouses, and is increased by division or from seeds.

Nertera depressa.

Fig. 227. - Nertera depressa.