PLANTS FOR SPECIAL PLACES
2. Partial Sun and Moist

CALLISTEMON PALLIDUS             Myrtaceae             Lemon Bottlebrush
Callistemon pallidus
A shrub which is usually upright with pale bark and large bottlebrush flowers, creamy-yellow to lemon-green in colour. The leaves are about 5 cm long and hard with a clear midrib. There are obvious dots in the leaf which are the glands that give off a typical eucalyptus-like smell when crushed. The fruit is a woody capsule which persists in spikes along the smaller branches.
Flowering period:  Late spring and early summer.
Cultivation: easily grown from seed. May be pruned after flowering.  Adaptable in the garden.
Found in all eastern states of Australia.



CALLISTEMON VIRIDIFLORUS  Myrtaceae
Prickly Bottlebrush
Callistemon viridiflorus


Upright, small to medium compact shrub;
H. 0.5-2 m; W.0.5-1 m.  Leaves dark green,
small, crowded, lanceolate 2-4 cm and sharply pointed.  Flowers yellow to green arranged into a bottlebrush 4-6 cm long.  Flowering early summer. 
Fruit small woody capsules clustered along
the stem, which contain many reddish dust-like seeds. Capsules may remain on the plant for many years with  the seeds still viable. 

Habitat - locally common in wet places in mountain areas or at lower elevations where frost and cold air drainage occurs. 

Cultivation - requires constantly  moist but well drained soil in partial sun.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.



Callistemons are available in many original and cultivar forms. They are hardy, and attract both the birds and the bees!  Unlike many natives, callistemons like richer soils making them easier to include in the more exotic gardens.  Prune by snipping off immediately below the spent flower heads, which will keep them healthy and fairly compact.

                       
                               Callistemon spp.

Callistemon spp.


EURYOMYRTUS RAMOSISSIMA                                                     Myrtaceae
Rosy Heathmyrtle

Euryomyrtus ramosissima
A variable, low, much-branched, fine, woody shrub.

Height. Prostrate 50cm.  Width. 50-100cm.
Leaves:  Small, linear, green 4-10mm long, apex acute.
Flowers:  Five, white/pink rounded petals 1cm across
The flower stalks are longer than the leaves.  Flowers have 10 fertile anthers.
Flowering:  Spring/summer.
Fruit:  A capsule containing fine brown seed./

Habitat/Distribution: Widespread in heathlands. Also SA, Vic, NSW.

Cultivation:  This plant has great horticultural potential as a rockery plant in moist sites.  Tolerates a
wide variety of soils and part to full sun.  Propagation from seed, which is difficult to collect, or
cuttings which are slow to strike.



SCLERANTHUS BIFLORUS            Caryophyllaceae
Twinflower knawel

Scleranthus biflorus
This bright green  cushion plant grows well on sandy soils in woodlands, but requires full sun and and ample moisture to retain its compact shape.  Leaves about 4 mm long,  crowded, narrow-linear with fine tips. Minute green flowers with one stamen, always in pairs on a short stalk which rises above the cushion in the fruiting stage.  In garden conditions will spread carpet-like around adjacent rocks.

SCLERANTHUS DIANDER               Caryophyllaceae
Tufted knawel

Scleranthus diander
Diander has two stamens and has a somewhat woody base, tufted with many branches and forms loose untidy clumps.  Pale greenish flowers in dense clusters.
Tas. Vic.  NSW.  ACT. Qld and New Zealand



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