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Adenanthos sericeus (Woolly Bush)

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Plant description

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The wonderful soft, velvet-like texture and the silver coloured foliage are the outstanding features of this species. From the south coast of Western Australia, this plant is best suited to areas of southern Australia that have a Mediterranean climate (ie dry summers) rather than the more humid climates of places like Sydney and Brisbane. It grows into a large shrub and so makes a great feature plant and is sometimes used as a Christmas tree if grown in a large container. It has a compact habit and therefore needs very little pruning, maybe an occassional tidy up coming in to spring if there is any dead or dying foliage. Whilst the flowers are rather inconspicuous the foliage more than makes up for it so plant it in a spot where visitors can reach it as the texture of the foliage is well worth a feel.

Further reading: Top ten native plants and Best natives for pots and small gardens (articles written by native plant expert and horticulturalist Angus Stewart).

Additional plant information

Flowers

Flower colour: Red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 5 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 1.5 metres
Minimum width: 1 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full sunlight.
Light frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Nectar feeding birds.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: temperate, arid.

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: not suitable.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: not specified.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus native plant fertiliser.

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