Nertera granadensis | Also known as: coral moss | Rating: 0 votes | Print / Pdf

A houseplant of some renown, nertera granadensis is universally acknowledged as a challenge – even for the most experienced gardeners. But the effort is worth it, with the coral bead plant, as it is also called, producing a carpet of small, bead-like orangey-red berries over its glossy, mid-green foliage. It flowers in spring, with insignificant light green flowers quickly forming into fruit. The coral bead plant prefers porous soil in a partially shaded location and dislikes direct sunlight. Fussy about both temperature and moisture conditions, it is best to wait for soil to dry before watering in winter, but keep soil moist in summer. Add water-soluble fertilizer, and remove dying fruit as they turn black.

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Known dangers?
  • no
Height [m]
  • 0.02
Spread [m]
  • 0.2
Dominant flower colour
  • Green
Flower Fragrance
  • No, neutral please
Flowering seasons
  • Early summer
  • Mid summer
  • Late summer
Foliage in spring
  • Green
Foliage in summer
  • Green
Foliage in Autumn
  • Green
Propagation methods
  • seed
  • division
  • Acidic
  • Neutral
  • Alkaline
Hardiness zone
  • Z12-13
Heat zone
  • H6-1
Heat days
  • 0 - 60
  • well-drained but frequently watered
Soil type
  • sandy
  • loams
Sun requirements
  • Partial shade
  • Sheltered
Standard category
  • Exotic, house plants & other
  • House plants
Grown for
  • Ornamental berries
Creative category
  • For Beginners
Garden type
  • Indoor or winter garden
  • Rock garden
Garden spaces
  • Ground cover
Gardening expertise
  • beginner
Time to reach full size
  • 2 to 5 years