Melaleuca thymifolia ‘Cotton Candy’ – Honey Myrtle

 

A dense mounded shrub with small leaves and pink bottlebrush flowers that are produced sporadically all year. The small leaf makes it useful as a low growing hedge, and the nectar rich flowers attract wildlife such as birds and butterflies. Frost and drought tolerant. Give a light trim once in a while to encourage a more dense habit.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Melaleuca thymifolia
Cultivar:Cotton Candy
Common Name:Honey Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.2 metre
Width:1 ~ 2 metre
Flower Colour:Pink
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Fragrant oils, Bonsai, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies

 

 


 

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

 


 

 

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