Bauera rubioides – River Rose

This is one of those extremely useful Australian native shrubs that grows well in moist soils and also flowers well in shady spots. The River Dog Rose is commonly found growing along shady creek banks in eastern Australia where it forms a low growing habit that is dotted with delicate pink flowers sporadically through the year. It makes a great understorey plant under trees as well as being a good feature plant in shady spots behind fences etc. It also works well as a pot plant or low growing hedge. It does need consistently moist soil to be at its best, but it is a good indicator plant that will wilt when it needs moisture and perk back up after watering.

Family:Baueraceae
Scientific Name:Bauera rubioides
Common Name:River Rose
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.3 ~ 1.5 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Light shade, Half shade, Heavy shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen
Special Uses:Bonsai, Bog gardens, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies

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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