This iconic plant is deservedly the floral emblem of NSW, with it’s beautiful bright red flower heads that are much admired and sought after. It can grow from a large shrub to small tree size in ideal conditions. The flowers can have colour variations in the wild, with pink or white forms being rarely seen, flowers are most often a bright red.
Waratahs grow well on a sandy loam soil with good drainage and some supplementary watering if conditions are very dry. They like good air flow around them, so don’t place too close to other plants.
|Scientific Name:||Telopea speciosissima|
|Plant Type:||Small tree, Large shrub|
|Height:||2 ~ 4 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 3 metre|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix|
|Plant Environment:||Flower garden|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage|
|Propagation Method:||Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Wow factor|
|Special Features:||Cut flower|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects|
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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
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