Billardiera heterophylla – Bluebell Creeper

A twining shrub which can grow to 4 metres tall with support. Grown on its own it forms a dense shrubby habit. It has clusters of pendulous blue flowers from spring through summer. There are also selections with white or pink flowers, and ground cover forms.  Grow in sun to part shade. It readily seeds and can be spread far by birds, so it can become weedy and invasive to surrounding bushland, particularly in south east Australia, so plant with care or choose a sterile alternative like Billardiera heterophylla x parviflora ‘Edna Walling Blue Bells’. It is banned from sale in South Australia, and is a declared weed species which must be controlled.

This plant was formerly known as Sollya heterophylla.

Family:Pittosporaceae
Scientific Name:Billardiera heterophylla
Common Name:Bluebell Creeper
Plant Type:Large shrub, Climber
Height:0.5 ~ 4 metres
Width:1 ~ 4 metre
Flower Colour:White, Blue, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Plant Environment:Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly

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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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