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.

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






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.