A compact (well, you guessed that) variety of Berberis discovered by Charles Darwin (you guessed that too) with bronzy young foliage maturing to rich green and clusters of vivid orange flowers in mid to late spring. And it's evergreen, which makes it even nicer. Sun or semi-shade. Any reasonable soil. To 36 in. 2 litre pot.
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There are a lot, and by that we mean around 450, species of berberis, and this one is native to South America, specifically Chile and Argentina, where its habitat would be rocky soils in mountainous areas, which is good news, as your garden doesn't need to boast the finest loam to keep it a happy little shrub.
Although the main flowering period for Berberis Darwinii is spring into early summer (and it is a decent spell of bloom), it will often have a second flush of flowers in the later part of the season, in early autumn, which is very generous of it.
The shiny leaves are on the small side, but are edged by little toothed spines which means that it is a tough little fellow and unlikely to be damaged by any frolicsome pets you may own.
Plant care is pretty straightforward, consisting of pruning back as required immediately after flowering. And that's your lot.
Berberis Darwinii Compacta is a hardy evergreen shrub with spiny foliage, bronze when young, and orange flowers in spring suitable for sun or semi-shade.