Callistemon pearsonii ‘Rocky Rambler’ – Bottlebrush

Callistemon ‘Rocky Rambler’ is a dwarf form of Callistemon pearsonii, growing to around half a metre high and wide. It flowers prolifically with bright red brushes, attractively gold tipped, and attracts birds and butterflies. An easy care plant, just a quick tip prune once or twice a year is all it needs to encourage a more dense habit and to tidy up old flowers. Likes sun to part shade and adapts to most soils. Tolerates dry spells and frost. The ground covering dense  habit gives shelter to small wildlife such as lizards.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Callistemon pearsonii
Cultivar:Rocky Rambler
Common Name:Bottlebrush
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height: metres
Width:0.5 ~ 0.7 metres
Flower Colour:Red, Gold
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost, Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects, Lizards

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

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

 

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.