Philotheca myoporoides ‘Top Cut’ – Wax Flower


An easy care upright growing shrub with lovely starry white flowers in profusion in winter to spring. It has pink buds, and the branches are useful for floral work, both in flower and as foliage. It grows to a couple of metres high and to 3 metres wide, so is useful as a decorative screening or hedging plant, as it responds well to pruning. Also good for container growing. Equally good in sun to part shade, and adaptable to most soil types. Frost and dry tolerant, and can be grown in coastal areas. A superb plant for a number of uses.

Family:Rutaceae
Scientific Name:Philotheca myoporoides
Cultivar:Top Cut
Common Name:Wax Flower
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Width:2 ~ 3 metres
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Planting Season:Any
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Topiary, Feature plant, Fragrant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Erosion control, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

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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