Babingtonia virgata – Heath Myrtle

A hardy and adaptable mid sized shrub with beautiful long weeping foliage that gets covered with small white flowers in mid December. It is a great screening plant as it is dense growing, and can be cut back very hard to rejuvenate and to keep it to size. Frost and drought tolerant, and does well in most soils, from very damp to dry. Takes full sun to part shade. A decorative garden plant leading up to Christmas, as it looks like it is snow covered. Attractive to butterflies, decorative moths and other nectar loving insects. It used to be known as Baeckia virgata.

Scientific Name:Babingtonia virgata
Family:Myrtaceae
Common Name:Heath Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 4 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Planting Season:Summer
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.

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