Calytrix fraseri – Star Flower

A small shrub native to Western Australia, it naturally grows on sandy soils, so needs good drainage and a drier climate to grow at its best. It has lovely starry pink or purple flowers with contrasting stamens in spring, and makes a good cut flower. Likes a sunny to lightly shaded spot, in built up beds to assist the drainage. Feed in spring with a good native fertiliser. Can be short lived in humid climates. Does well for pot culture. The foliage has a spicy fragrance when crushed. Tip prune to encourage a more dense habit.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Calytrix fraseri
Common Name:Star Flower
Other Common Names:Pink Summer Calytrix
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.2 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.2 ~ 0.6 metres
Flower Colour:Pink, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, 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. 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.