Blancoa canescens

A strappy leaf perennial from Western Australia, Blancoa is closely related to the kangaroo paw. It has pendulous red or pink bell shaped flowers in winter and early spring, and they can have contrasting yellow or orange interiors. Like the kangaroo paw, they grow from an underground rhizome which will give the plant an extra hardiness from drought, and if it dies down the plant has the ability to resprout again. It is best in temperate areas in a sunny spot, and a soil with good drainage. Feed with a good native fertiliser. Tolerates moderate frost.

Family:Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Blancoa canescens
Common Name:Blancoa
Other Common Names:Winter Bell, Red Bugle
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.2 ~ 0.4 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Red, Pink, Orange
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

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

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.