A hardy and adaptable mid sized shrub with beautiful long weeping foliage that gets covered with small white flowers in mid December. It is a great screening plant as it is dense growing, and can be cut back very hard to rejuvenate and to keep it to size. Frost and drought tolerant, and does well in most soils, from very damp to dry. Takes full sun to part shade. A decorative garden plant leading up to Christmas, as it looks like it is snow covered. Attractive to butterflies, decorative moths and other nectar loving insects. It used to be known as Baeckia virgata.
|Scientific Name:||Babingtonia virgata|
|Common Name:||Heath Myrtle|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||2 ~ 3 metres|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Screen, Windbreak|
|Special Uses:||Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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