Philotheca myoporoides ‘Ruby Cascade’ – Wax Flower

A delightful and easy care medium sized shrub that gets covered with starry white flowers and red buds in late winter to spring, and will bloom over a couple of months. The stems make superb cut flowers with a bonus  spicy apple fragrance, and cutting will improve the plant shape creating a more compact habit. It is a hardy and waterwise plant once it gets established. It grows to around 60 cms tall and to a metre wide, and is a good plant around playgrounds as the stems are flexible not woody. Also great in containers. Good in sun to part shade, drought and frost tolerant and is naturally neat growing. It can be pruned to size if needed. This plant used to be known as Eriostomen myoporoides.

Family:Rutaceae
Scientific Name:Philotheca myoporoides
Cultivar:Ruby Cascade
Common Name:Wax Flower
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 0.6 metres
Width:0.6 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Red, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Windbreak, Fragrant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. 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

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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