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Eriostemon australasius (Pink wax flower)

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2m
Max height
1m
Max spread
5-10 years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Eriostemon australasius

Other names

Pink wax flower

Genus

Eriostemon Eriostemon

Species

E. australasius - E. australasius is a tender to borderline hardy, erect, bushy, evergreen shrub with narrowly oblong, narrowly lance-shaped or linear, dark green leaves and waxy, star-shaped, pale pink flowers from late winter to late spring.


Eriostemon australasius is: Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage are aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Erect

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons

How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Scale insects Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Soak seed and then sow at 10C in spring. Germination is unreliable and rooting of cuttings is slow.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Eriostemon australasius (Pink wax flower) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to acid, sandy loam in full sun or partial shade. Keep roots cool with a thick mulch or sandstone slabs. Do not allow to dry out for long periods. Protect from hot sun in prolonged dry periods in hot summers. Under glass, grow in ericaceous compost in full light. In growth, water moderately & feed monthly; sparingly when dormant.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

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Botanical name

Eriostemon australasius

Other names

Pink wax flower

Genus

Eriostemon Eriostemon

Species

E. australasius - E. australasius is a tender to borderline hardy, erect, bushy, evergreen shrub with narrowly oblong, narrowly lance-shaped or linear, dark green leaves and waxy, star-shaped, pale pink flowers from late winter to late spring.

Native to

Australia

Foliage

Evergreen

Fragrance

Flowers and foliage are aromatic.

Habit

Bushy, Erect


Colour

Flower

Pale-pink in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in All seasons


How to care

Watch out for

Pests

Generally pest-free.

Specific pests

Scale insects

Diseases

Generally disease-free.

General care

Pruning

Pruning group 1.

Propagation

Soak seed and then sow at 10C in spring. Germination is unreliable and rooting of cuttings is slow.

Propagation methods

Grafting, Seed, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Eriostemon australasius (Pink wax flower) will reach a height of 2m and a spread of 1m after 5-10 years.

Suggested uses

Beds and borders, City, Coastal, Conservatory, Containers, Cottage/Informal, Flower Arranging, Greenhouse, Mediterranean

Cultivation

Grow in well-drained, neutral to acid, sandy loam in full sun or partial shade. Keep roots cool with a thick mulch or sandstone slabs. Do not allow to dry out for long periods. Protect from hot sun in prolonged dry periods in hot summers. Under glass, grow in ericaceous compost in full light. In growth, water moderately & feed monthly; sparingly when dormant.

Soil type

Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Tender in frost (H3)

USDA zones

Zone 10, Zone 9, Zone 8

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