Thryptomene baeckeacea – Myrtle

A charming and very adaptable low shrub, with masses of small and dainty flowers along the stems in autumn through winter. There are white, pink and purple flowering forms, and they can range from groundcovers to shrubs around a metre high. Suits a wide range of soil types, sun to part shade. Happy in coastal gardens, drought hardy, and very useful for cut flowers. The foliage is pleasantly aromatic. Looks great massed planted, and can be used for informal low hedging. Can be kept more compact if needed by regular pruning.

Scientific Name:Thryptomene baeckeacea
Common Name:Myrtle
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.3 ~ 1.2 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1.2 metres
Flower Colour:White, Pink, Mauve
Flowering Time:Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped, Weeping
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects


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




Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




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