Like rows of long Christmas hats for tiny elf-santas, these native shrubs are unmistakable in full flower - which is midwinter when our gardens need a shot of bright colour. You can see why they get their common names of fuchsia heath - a heather with fuchsia flowers - and cigarette flower (filter tip, naturally).
APPEARANCE: Compact native shrub with tiny pointed leaves and long tubular bright pink-red flowers with white lips which appear from autumn to spring. USE IN: Native gardens, mixed beds, wildlife gardens. LOCATION: Part shade or dappled shade is best; flowers for longer with some protection from hot sun. It likes free-draining sandy soil with regular water. Mulch and water on a regular basis, until the plant is established, usually around 12 weeks. Frost tolerant. CARE: Prune after flowering to shape and encourage fresh growth. Fertilise using a slow release fertiliser for natives after flowering to encourage healthy growth. Add a winter mulch to plants in exposed locations. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 80 cm H x 80 cm W. YOUR PLANTS : These are tubestock plants with young healthy roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 42 mm wide and 80 mm high.