A gorgeous and hardy groundcovering little shrub, Little Penta has bright mauve pink flowers in spring and summer. It only grows to around 40 centimetres high and around a metre or two wide. Great for low maintenance gardens, and is adaptable to clay and heavier soils as well as light ones as long as the drainage is reasonably good. Good in sun and part shade. Withstands dry periods once the plant is established, but needs a bit of water for really long dry spells. Feed with a good native fertiliser in spring. A light trim every now and then will encourage a more dense habit.
|Scientific Name:||Melaleuca pentagona var latifolia|
|Common Name:||Honey Myrtle|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Ground cover|
|Height:||0.3 ~ 0.4 metres|
|Width:||0.5 ~ 2 metres|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading|
|Soil Moisture:||Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Special Uses:||Honey producing plant, Playground friendly|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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