Babingtonia virgata – Heath Myrtle

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.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Babingtonia virgata
Common Name:Heath Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 4 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Summer
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
Planting Season:Summer
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping
Lifespan:Perennial
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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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well 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

 

IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW

 

Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – 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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