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An interesting shrub for winter interest in dry areas, it gives a great splash of colour when other things maybe not be. Great for picking too.

Physical characteristics

An evergreen, small shrub growing to 1m tall and 1m wide.

Flowers and foliage

Leaves are grey-green and small and narrow. Masses of tiny lavender-pink flowers are produced in late winter.

Preferred site

Prefers full sun to partial shade in an open position in very well-drained soil. Established plants will tolerate drought conditions.

Preparation for planting

Always choose healthy, well-grown plants and plant after autumn rains. Before planting, ensure the root ball is saturated and remove the planter bag or pot with minimal root disturbance. Trim any broken roots and plant at the same level as in the container. Dig a hole twice the diameter of the root ball and firm in, water once planted. Make sure plants are watered well until established if planting in a drier period. Plant with some general slow-release fertiliser and then every spring apply an organic-based fertiliser such as blood and bone at a handful per square metre as new growth begins.

Maintenance tips

Apply an organic mulch annually to help suppress weeds and conserve moisture. Feed annually in spring with a balanced fertiliser such as blood and bone at a handful per square metre in spring as new growth begins. Spent flowers can be carefully removed with snips or secateurs.

Location at Auckland Botanic Gardens

Perennial Garden