Adenanthos x cunninghamii – Woolly Bush

An easy care spreading low shrub with very attractive soft grey green foliage which creates a lovely contrast for other plants. It has small insignificant red-pink flowers in spring that are attractive to small nectar eaters. It originates in Western Australia, but will grow well in a wide range of areas, including more humid ones and coastal positions. It likes lighter soils and does well in full sun to dappled shade, and is drought tolerant. It can handle medium frosts. The foliage works well for floral work.

This plant was regarded as a separate species, but is now thought to be a natural hybrid of Adenanthos sericius and A. cuneatus. The foliage can produce an allergic reaction in some.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Adenanthos x cunninghamii
Common Name:Woolly Bush
Other Common Names:Albany woollybush
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Attractive foliage
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, 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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