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Cryptandra scortechinii (Cotton Bush)

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Plant description

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Cotton Bush makes a fabulous feature shrub in rockeries with its rusty coloured buds, giving way to a mass display of white flowers right through the winter months. It needs good drainage and plenty of sun, but it will tolerate a bit of frost as well. All the attention it needs is a bit of pruning and you can achieve that by cutting the flowers for the vase inside through the winter months and then a light trim coming into spring.

Also known botanically as Stenanthemum scortechinii.

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

Scent

No

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 sunlight.
Medium frost tolerance.
Plant is not salt tolerant.

Fauna attracting?

Yes. Attracts: Butterflies.

Climate

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

Soil types & conditions

Loam: dry, well-drained.

Clay: well-drained.

Sand: dry, moist, well-drained.

Soil pH: 5.5-6.5

Miscellaneous information

Native to: Australia.

Planting season: autumn or spring.

Types of fertiliser: Low Phosphorus Australian plant fertiliser.

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