Gastrolobium praemorsum ‘Brown Butterfly’


The unusual brown foliage with a green edge gives this cultivar its intriguing name. It is a ground covering plant that is great for embankments, as a feature plant spilling over retaining walls or as a potted plant. Being a legume, it can fix nitrogen from the air for nutrition and therefore needs much less fertiliser than non-legumes. Give it a light trim after a heavy flush of flowers and it will continue to thicken up as a ground cover. The brown colour of the foliage is more intense in full sun.

Scientific Name:Gastrolobium praemorsum
Common Name:Gastrolobium
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor
Special Uses:Fast growing, Playground friendly

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Neutrog Bush Tucker & medal

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertilizer for this plant.