Philotheca Ruby Cascade – waxflower

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This little native shrub will bring you Christmas in July, flowering through the winter months. Buds red as Rudolph's nose open into snowy-white starry flowers, clothing the deep pine-green stems top to bottom. Happy in exposed coastal sites, which is good news for sea change gardeners; and tolerant of pollution, good news for urban gardeners.

flower image: NHQ cropped to size.

Philotheca myoporoides ‘Ruby Cascade’ – wax flower, eriostemon
DESCRIPTION: Low-growing compact native flowering shrub with arching stems of deep green foliage. Pink-red buds open to starry white flowers in winter-spring and intermittently through summer-autumn. Stems supposedly have a spicy apple fragrance - sniff it and see!
USES:  Winter colour shrub for cottage gardens, native gardens, wildlife gardens, coastal gardens, urban gardens, waterwise gardens.
PLANTING: Plant in free draining soil in a sunny or partly shaded location, dappled sunlight is perfect. Mulch after planting to retain moisture and regulate soil temperatures as the young plant establishes. Tolerates frost and drought once established.
CARE: A light prune once flowering has finished will help give the plant shape. Follow with an application of a native slow release fertiliser.
HEIGHT & WIDTH:  0.5 – 0.6 m H x 0.6 - 1 m W.
YOUR PLANTS: These are tube-stock plants, healthy young plants with new roots that will establish quickly in your garden. The pot size is 80 mm x 42 mm wide.

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