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Callistemon rigidus

Common Name(s):
Erect bottlebrush, Stiff bottlebrush
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

A broadleaf evergreen tropical shrub native to Australia in the Myrtaceae family.  It makes an excellent specimen plant or hedge in frost free areas or grown in containers or as a houseplant in colder climates.  This plant is moderately salt tolerant.

Seasons of Interest:

     Bloom: Summer

Wildlife Value:  Flowers provide nectar for bees.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: No serious insect or disease problems. Watch for spider mites and scale, particularly on indoor plants. Root rot may occur in poorly drained soils.

Height:
3-8 ft.
Foliage:
Narrow, linear, dull green leaves (to 5” long) are fragrant when bruised.
Flower:
Flowers are numerous bushy bright red stamens that encircle the stem in cylindrical spikes (to 4” long) resembling bottlebrushes. They are followed by small, button-like, brown seed capsules.
Zones:
9-10
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Moist, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun.
Form:
Upright
Width:
4-10 ft.
Tags:
houseplant, winter interest, pollinator, tropical, hedge, fragrant leaves, bees, nectar, containers, fragrant, specimen, interiorscape, salt tolerant, wildlife, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 3324

Callistemon rigidus Flower closeup
Jennyhsu47, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Callistemon rigidus Closeup of leaves and flower buds
Jennyhsu47, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Callistemon rigidus Seed pods
John Tann, CC BY - 2.0
Callistemon rigidus Flower closeup
Tomraven, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0