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Callistemon phoeniceus 'Flat Fred' (Bottlebrush)

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Plant description

callistemon phoeniceus flat red 001

A low-mounding growth habit with bright-red flowers and greyish-green foliage are the key features of this unusual bottlebrush. Using it as groundcover will work particularly well in areas that have poor drainage. Trim back behind the spent flowers at the end of summer to keep it flowering well the following 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: Red
Flowering season: spring

Plant size

Maximum height: 0.5 metres
Minimum height: 0.3 metres

Maximum width: 3 metres
Minimum width: 2 metres

Sunlight, frost & salt tolerance

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

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: birds.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Clay: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Sand: dry, wet, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Pests

webbing caterpillars

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: autumn and spring.

Types of fertiliser: low phosphorus.

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