Adenanthos sericeus ‘Silver Streak’ – Woolly Bush

Adenanthos ‘Silver Streak’ is an upright plant to 3 metres tall and wide, with silky, silvery foliage. The flowers are red and bird attracting, but insignificant, and it is the colour and texture of the foliage that is the feature. It can be used in cut flower arrangements, and a potted plant makes a lovely Australian native Christmas tree. A good plant for coastal sites, as it withstands salt winds. A useful screen plant as it is a tall and upright form of woolly bush. Pruning the tips of the plant will help it to flourish in spring and summer and will give it an attractive shape. Feed in spring with low phosphorus fertiliser. Likes well drained soil, and is drought and frost tolerant once established. The foliage can produce an allergic reaction in some.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Adenanthos sericeus
Cultivar:Silver Streak
Common Name:Woolly Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 3 metres
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Saline
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
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds

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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

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.