Boronia heterophylla – Red Boronia

A lovely medium sized shrub from Western Australia, it has beautifully perfumed bright pink or red bell shaped flowers in spring to early summer. A hardier Boronia than the Brown Boronia, it can live for some years in the garden if it is given a sheltered position away from wind. It is also a good idea to give the roots some protection from heat and drying out- a large rock placed on the soil surface is a perfect way to do this, and additional watering in dry times. Likes a well drained soil, and tolerates moderate frost. It makes an attractive rounded shrub and is fast growing, tip pruning after flowering will help to encourage a more dense habit. A handful of good native fertiliser in spring followed by a good watering is desirable.

Scientific Name:Boronia heterophylla
Common Name:Boronia
Other Common Names:Kalgan Boronia, Red Boronia
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:0.6 ~ 1.2 metres
Width:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Pink, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Fragrant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it 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 an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. 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


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.