Conostylis robusta – Cottonheads

A grassy perennial plant, native to Western Australia. It has yellow heads of flowers in late winter to early spring. Likes a sandy well drained soil and a sunny to partly shaded spot. Good for massed landscaping, borders and container planting. Fertilise with a low phosphorus native plant food in spring. Grows from underground rhizomes. Tolerates moderate frost and drought. Related to kangaroo paws.

Family:Haemodoraceae
Scientific Name:Conostylis robusta
Common Name:Cottonheads
Plant Type:Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial, Bulb or bulb-like
Height:0.2 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.4 ~ 0.6 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Gold
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, 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. 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.