A small but striking plant hailing from the south-west of Western Australia, thomasia bears the unusual forms of intriguing magenta spotted lantern-shaped flowers in spring and summer. These small reddish speckles also occur on the stems and leaves.
Well worth growing for its fascinating forms, however it will not generally thrive in areas with humid summers.
A unique addition to rockeries, it also works perfectly as a container plant, allowing you to enjoy its singular visual appeal on balconies or patios.
Tip prune often to maintain good appearance.
|Scientific Name:||Thomasia pygmaea|
|Common Name:||Tiny Thomasia|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 0.4 metres|
|Width:||0.3 ~ 1 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Pink, Mauve|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Potting mix, Poor soil|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading|
|Lifespan:||Perennial, Short lived|
|Propagation Method:||Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Decorative fruit, 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. 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-