Adenanthos sericeus – Woolly Bush

The wonderful soft, velvet-like texture and the silver coloured foliage are the outstanding features of this species. From the south coast of Western Australia, this plant is best suited to areas of southern Australia that have a Mediterranean climate (ie dry summers) rather than the more humid climates of places like Sydney and Brisbane. It grows into a large shrub and so makes a great feature plant and is sometimes used as a Christmas tree if grown in a large container. It has a compact habit. The foliage can cause an allergic reaction in some.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Adenanthos sericeus
Common Name:Woolly Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 5 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Layering
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Attractive foliage
Special Uses:Cut flower, Erosion control, Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Nectar eating birds

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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