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Carissa (Emerald Blanket)

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Carissa (Emerald Blanket)

Carissa varieties 'Natal Plum', 'Boxwood Beauty' and 'Emerald Blanket' grow slowly, can be kept small, and have some of the most exquisitely beautiful deep green foliage of all South Florida shrubs.

Emerald Blanket is the dwarf cultivar, and its low spreading habit makes it an ideal ground cover shrub.

Boxwood Beauty makes a wonderful compact, mounded shrub, especially nice as a foundation plant. It too has a spreading habit and can be used as a ground cover shrub as well.

  • Unique foliage
  • Easy To Grow
  • Low maintenance
  • Salt spray tolerant
  • Perfect for full to part sun beds



          Easy To Grow

          Low Maintenance

          Great For Mass Plantings

          Good For Containers

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            Grow Best:




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            Ideal position:

            Full to Part sun

            3 to 6 hours morning sun best

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            Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat or containers.

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            Healthy Temperatures:

            Warm, tropical vibes of 65-90°F

            Grown indoors as a houseplant but can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 8-11

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            Growth Outlook:

            Height : 12" - 18" 

            Wide: Up To 24"

            Growth Rate: Slow

            Plant Spacing:  24 - 36" apart

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            Pet Friendly - Yes

            Toxicity: Non-Toxic to Dogs, Non-Toxic to Cats, Non-Toxic to Horses

            Landscape uses

            • Ground cover shrub (Emerald Blanket and Boxwood Beauty)
            • Foundation planting
            • Along a porch, deck or patio
            • Surrounding a palm or specimen plant
            • Around the poolcage or pool area
            • Lining a walk or drive
            • Small hedge
            • Accent plant
            • Container or planter

            Plant care

            Add top soil or organic peat moss to the hole when you plant. You can also add in composted cow manure to enrich the soil around the root ball.

            Trimming these plants is rarely necessary, though you may want to trim now and then for size or shape.

            Water regularly but allow time for these shrubs to dry out a bit between waterings. Although carissa is considered drought-tolerant, getting watered on a regular, well-timed basis will keep this shrub pretty and healthy.

            Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and autumn - with a top quality granular fertilizer.

            Plant spacing

            Spacing: Plant 24 - 36" apart