Darwinia oldfieldii – Oldfield’s Darwinia

Darwinia oldfieldii is one of the rose type Darwinias, with lovely blue-green foliage and pink fire cracker flowers in spring. Can be a fussy plant in cultivation, disliking poorly drained soil and too much humidity. A grafted specimen will perform best. Give it a sunny spot, well drained soil with a good air flow around it, and only low phosphorus native fertiliser if it needs feeding. Mulching will keep the roots cool and help to deter weeds. The flowers are good for cut flowers.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Darwinia oldfieldii
Common Name:Darwinia
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.2 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Flower Colour:Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting, Hardwood cutting, Grafting, Layering
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, 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.