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.

Scientific Name:Philotheca myoporoides
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
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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