It was our first encounter with the Ochna Kirkii and we couldn’t make it out. Dad would slow down the car each time he drove past two big shrubs.
Then one day, dad noticed something else. The car almost crawled to a stop as dad took a good long look. There were seedlings popping up near the shrubs!
They threw out glossy bronze leaves and then bloomed. Finally we could unlock the mystery of the Ochna Kirkii for ourselves.
We observed how it bloomed and fruited; how it appeared to have both yellow flowers as well as red ones.
- pale green buds form
- flower blooms with five yellow petals and a green calyx
- petals fall leaving calyx which closes up like a bud once again
- calyx turns a peach color
- berries grow within on waxy base
- berries grow bigger while calyx turns red
- green berries turn into a glossy black
All the forms and colours can appear on the plant at the same time. An amazing sight.
I like it best when I see plump shiny black berries sitting on its rosy red pad. I think Mickey would agree.
Care and propagation: partial to full sun; well drained fertile soil, water moderately. Propagate using seeds.