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Commonly known as Stiff bottlebrush
EvergreenLinear to lance-shaped, matt, dark-green leaves to 15cm (6in) long.
Tall ShrubBushy, stiff-stemmed shrub
Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winterHardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
Against a wall
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Additional FeaturesPests & DiseasesRed spider mites, mealy bugs, scale insects under glass.Place of originAustralia (Queensland, New South Wales)Resistant to honey fungusThese plants have little or few problems with honey fungus.
Flower ShapeSpikesNumerous spikes to 5cm (2in) long
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New ZealandPatio / pot plants
HardinessFrost hardy (down to -5)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Linear (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 5Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
When: Annually after flowering.
RHS group 8
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soilNeutral to acid soil