Adenanthos cunninghamii ‘Lighthouse’ – Woolly Bush

 

A sculptural cultivar of Adenanthos, this plant has a tall and dense form resembling a pillar. Grown primarily for its silvery, soft smooth foliage, it also produces small red flowers in spring which attract birds with their nectar. Growing to around 1.5 metres high and a metre wide, it can be used for screens, informal hedges, native gardens, but also for large scale landscape projects. It also looks good in containers. Suitable for coastal gardens. Tolerates light frost and dry spells well. Light pruning after flowering will encourage strong new growth.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Adenanthos cunninghamii
Cultivar:Lighthouse
Common Name:Woolly Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Column-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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