Lambertia formosa – Mountain Devil

Lambertia Formosa is a spreading shrub to 2 metres tall and wide, with red flowers mainly in spring and summer, and sporadically in the cooler months. The seed pods are woody, and give the plant’s common name for its little devil face. Good for temperate to sub tropical climates.
Grows best in the garden in a sunny to partly shaded position and well drained soil. A good food plant for nectar eating wildlife, and the slightly spiky foliage also makes it a great shelter plant for smaller birds. Frost hardy and also good for coastal plantings.

Family:Proteaceae
Scientific Name:Lambertia formosa
Common Name:Mountain Devil
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates heavy frost
Plant Usage:Screen
Special Uses:Cut flower, Decorative fruit, Erosion control
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. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. 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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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