Ozothamnus diosmifolius ‘Petite’ – Rice Flower

Ozothmanus ‘Petite’ is a compact, dwarf form of rice flower, growing to around a metre high and wide. It is long blooming, peaking in spring and summer, and sprinkles in autumn and winter. The white clusters of flower are great for cut flower work, and attractive to butterflies and insects. The foliage is dark green and aromatic. Adaptable to most soils if they have good drainage. Good for sun or part shade. Frost and drought tolerant. A light trim will ensure the plant stays compact. A good plant for low hedging and as a border plant, and will provide some cover for small wildlife such as lizards.

Scientific Name:Ozothamnus diosmifolius
Common Name:Rice Flower
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 metre
Width:1.2 ~ 1.5 metres
Flower Colour:White
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Groundcover, Feature plant, Screen, Windbreak, Fragrant, Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, 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


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


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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