Darwinia macrostegia – Mondorup Bell

A small shrub with gorgeous pendulous red and white bell flowers in autumn to spring. It is native to the Stirling Ranges in Western Australia. Grows from 30 centimetres to around a metre, with small glossy green leaves and a dense habit, though it can become straggly with age. Dislikes humidity, which can make it short lived. Needs a well drained soil, and likes a layer of mulch to keep the roots cool. The flowers are good for cutting, and can also be dried.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Darwinia macrostegia
Common Name:Mondorup Bell
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.3 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.3 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:White, Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant
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

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

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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