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.

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






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




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.