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Commonly known as Long-leaf wax flower
EvergreenElliptic or oblong, warty leaves 5-12cm (2-4¾in) long
WhiteFrom pink buds
Tall ShrubErect, bushy shrub with, usually, cylindrical, warty stems. Flowers are produced in axillary cymes to 10cm (4in) long
Tender - cool or frost free greenhouseTolerant of low temperatures, but not surviving being frozen. Except in frost-free inner-city areas or coastal extremities requires glasshouse conditions. Plant can withstand temperatures down to 1°C (34°F)Use lime-free potting compost in full light. may need restrictive pruning
Against a wall
Additional FeaturesGood to knowCan flower at any time of yearPests & DiseasesScale insectsPlace of originAustralia (Queensland to Victoria)
Flower ShapeStar-shapedTo 2.5cm (1in) across
Garden Location/ConditionsAustralian / New ZealandBorderSuitable for a shrub borderGreenhouse / conservatoryNot the sort of plants to be grown outside where there are likely to be frosts. These plants need to be grown in a conservatory or cool greenhouse or at least brought inside for the winter
HardinessTender (greenhouse & conservatory)
(see photos above)
(see photos above)Oblong (see photos above)
Pruning groupPruning group 1Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.
RHS group 1
Scented PlantsScented foliageStrongly aromatic
Soil ConditionsFertile moist well-drained soil