Micromyrtus ciliata – Fringed Heath Myrtle

A charming and very easy care small shrub, with a low growing and spreading habit. It has masses of small close set leaves, which look very attractive all year round, and comes alive in late winter to spring  with numerous small red buds which open to white flowers to early summer. The flowers are flushed pink in early stages, creating a multi coloured effect, and are good for cut flowers. It likes to be watered in the first year or two while it becomes established, but is hardy once it does, needing little care, but looks at its best with some care. In tough conditions there can be a branch or two die off, but these grow back once conditions improve. The foliage is pleasingly aromatic when crushed and is rarely troubled by pest or disease. Happy in poor soils, as long as there is no lime present. Frost tolerant.

Scientific Name:Micromyrtus ciliata
Family:Myrtaceae
Common Name:Fringed Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:White, Red, Pink
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Fragrant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils, Bonsai, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 

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