Philotheca myoporoides ‘Winter Rouge’ – Wax Flower

 

A hardy and compact small shrub with bright green aromatic foliage, in late winter it bears masses of pink buds which open to the white starry flowers, often blooming till the end of spring. This is a great feature shrub that can also be used as a cut flower. It adapts well to a wide range of environments. Plant it near paths where the pleasant aroma of the foliage will be released as you brush against it, also looks good in large pots. At its best in a partly shaded position. Cut the plant back by 20-30% after flowering to encourage compact growth. Once it is established it is reasonably tolerant of dry spells and moderate frost.

Family:Rutaceae
Scientific Name:Philotheca myoporoides
Cultivar:Winter Rouge
Common Name:Wax Flower
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.8 ~ 1 metre
Width:0.8 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, 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, 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, Open foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Fragrant, Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Bonsai, 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. 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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