This pretty little native is an unusual kind of Philotheca if you are familiar with the bushy, shrubby, eriosemon types. It's dainty, small, fine-leaved, more like its cousin boronia, with starry flowers in watercolour shades of lavender-blue at the end of every stem. It loves dry sunny summers and a mediterranean climate, perfect for southern states, hinterlands, and outback gardens.
Philotheca nodiflora – blue wax flower DESCRIPTION: West coaast native, small open shrub with long slender rosemary-like leaves that release a citrus smell when crushed (like tea trees and waxflowers). Starry five-petalled flowers appear at the end of the stems in winter-spring, in shades of pale purple through to light blue. Used to be called Eriostemon nodiflorus USES: Cottage gardens, native and wildlife gardens, pots and containers, as a precious shot of blue in the flowerbed. PLANTING: Plant in moist free-draining neutral to acid soil in a sunny spot. Mulch after planting to retain moisture and regulate soil temperatures as the young plant establishes. Tolerates frost and drought once established. Doesn't like humidity - you can grow this in a humid climate but it will not be as long lived. CARE: A prune after flowering will help give the plant shape and bushiness, and encourage more flowering stems. Follow with an application of a native slow release fertiliser. HEIGHT & WIDTH: 80 cm H x 80 cm W. YOUR PLANTS: These are tubestock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm high x 42 mm wide.