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Babingtonia virgata 'Howie's Sweet Midget' (Heath Myrtle)

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Find a plant for your garden or home. Search for plants and flowers visually, by name, flower colour and other attributes. Search for native plants, edible plants and popular exotics such as roses and petunias.

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Plant description

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Babingtonia virgata 'Howie's Sweet Midget' is a very useful low growing shrub that is virtually maintenance free due to its very compact growth habit. The tiny leaves and bun-shaped growth make it suitable as a low hedge or feature shrub with its bright green foliage and masses of small, starry, white flowers in spring. It grows to around half a metre high and wide. Good for cool temperate to subtropical climates. Very frost and drought tolerant. Feed with a low phosphorus native fertiliser in spring.

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: white
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 1 metres
Minimum height: 0.5 metres

Maximum width: 1 metres
Minimum width: 0.5 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

This plant will tolerate full or partial sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Bees.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, well-drained.

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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