Thyrptomene calycina – Heath Myrtle

A very attractive and easy care shrub, with a long flowering periods in autumn when the pale pink buds form, winter when it looks like it is snow covered with its many small blooms along the branches, through to spring. The flowering stems make good cut flowers. Grows to around 2 metres high and wide, with a nice rounded habit. Pruning makes it even more dense. It has pleasantly aromatic tiny foliage. Needs some water in dry spells. Frost tender while young, but more tolerant of light frost as it becomes established.

Family:Myrtaceae
Scientific Name:Thryptomene calycina
Common Name:Heath Myrtle
Plant Type:Large shrub
Height:1.5 ~ 2.5 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:White, Pink
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn, Winter
Ph Level:Acid
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Feature plant
Special Uses:Cut flower, Fragrant oils, Fast growing, 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

 

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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