- Common Name(s):
- Erect bottlebrush, Stiff bottlebrush
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:
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.
- 3-8 ft.
- Narrow, linear, dull green leaves (to 5” long) are fragrant when bruised.
- 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.
- Moist, fertile, well-drained soils in full sun.
- 4-10 ft.
NCCES plant id: 3324