Cryptandra scortechinii – Cotton Bush

Cotton Bush makes a fabulous feature shrub in rockeries with its rusty coloured buds, giving way to a mass display of white flowers right through the winter months. It needs good drainage and plenty of sun, but it will tolerate a bit of frost as well. All the attention it needs is a bit of pruning and you can achieve that by cutting the flowers for the vase inside through the winter months and then a light trim coming into spring.

Family:Rhamnaceae
Scientific Name:Cryptandra scortechinii
Common Name:Cotton Bush
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Border plant
Special Uses:Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies

 

 


 

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

 


 

 

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