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Escallonia (Genus)

Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Asterids
Order: Escalloniales
Family: Escalloniaceae
Genus: Escallonia

Escallonia is a genus of 40 to 50 species of flowering plants native to South America. They are widely cultivated and commonly used as a hedging plant, especially in coastal areas. Escallonia grows about 30 cm per year, reaching 1.5–3 m in height, with arching branches of small, oval, glossy green leaves. Escallonia develop masses of flowers with a honey fragrance. 
Numerous cultivars and hybrids have been developed. The flowers of this genus are attractive to bees and monarch butterflies. 

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