Sunday, 9 July 2017

Plant of the month July 2017

Callistemon viridiflorus (Mountain bottlebrush)
Family: Myrtaceae
Origin: Tasmania
Accession: 2010
Location: Australia

The evergreen bottlebrushes are found only in Australia, and all have flowers with long colourful stamens produced in cylindrical spikes. Mountain bottlebrush is a hardy medium-sized shrub, with the young foliage flushed pink and downy. The flowers are up to 7cm long, with pale yellow-green filaments, borne in dense clusters in midsummer, and followed by fruits which are woody capsules.