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Beaufortia sparsa (Swamp Bottlebrush)

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Plant description

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This is a very showy plant from Western Australia that performs well in both dry or moist conditions and its versatility in this regard is perhaps its most useful feature. It grows into a small shrub around two to three metres high and is ideal as a feature plant in garden beds and can be used as a cut flower, which serves to prune the plant at the same time. The bottlebrush flowers are nectar rich, and are produced in summer and autumn. Good in sun or dappled shade. Feed with a good native fertiliser in spring. Tolerant of moderate frosts.

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: Orange, red
Flowering season: spring summer autumn

Plant size

Maximum height: 3 metres
Minimum height: 1 metres

Maximum width: 2.5 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: Brids.

Climate

This plant species will grow in the following climates: 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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