Melaleuca pentagona var latifolia ‘Little Penta’ – Honey Myrtle

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
Cultivar:Little Penta
Common Name:Honey Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 0.4 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:Pink
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
Plant Usage:Groundcover
Special Uses:Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, 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


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.