Pimelea ferruginea ‘Bonne Petite’ – Rice Flower

A beautiful small shrub with small dark green glossy leaves and masses of magenta pink tubular flowers in spring. A great feature plant for rockeries, borders or pots. Attracts butterflies. It likes a well drained soil, and a sunny position to be at its best. Feed with a good native fertiliser in spring, watering in well afterwards to avoid leaf or root burn. It is naturally a compact growing plant, and pruning off the old flowers once they are finished will enhance the dense habit.

Family:Thymelaeaceae
Scientific Name:Pimelea ferruginea
Cultivar:Bonne Petite
Common Name:Rice Flower
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:1 ~ 1.2 metre
Width:0.7 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Pink
Flowering Time:Spring
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy 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
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Topiary, Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies

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

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.