James H. Schutte
(Erect Bottlebrush, Rigid Bottlebrush)
New leaves are light yellow-green and fuzzy but then mature to dark green and stiff on the stiff bottlebrush. It is showiest anytime from very late winter into late summer when branch tips are crimson-red spikes of bristled flowers. This evergreen large shrub is native to east-central Australia in Queensland and New South Wales. Its branches are a ghostly gray-beige with mildly corky dark sandy brown bark.
The dark green leaves are stiff and linear to lance-shaped although when first emerging...
(Clemson Hardy Bottlebrush, Red Cluster Bottlebrush)
Fuzzy new leaves are light yellow-green and rose but then mature to dark green and stiff on the Red Cluster bottlebrush. Botanical known as 'Clemson Hardy', it is showiest anytime from very late winter into late summer when branch tips have crimson-red spikes of bristled flowers. This evergreen large shrub is native to east-central Australia in Queensland and New South Wales. Its branches are a ghostly gray-beige with mildly corky dark sandy brown bark.
The dark green leaves are stiff and linear...
Forest & Kim Starr
Usually grown as a small multi-stemmed tree or large shrub, this narrow-leaved evergreen from eastern Australia has weeping branches that produce fuzzy clusters of bright red flowers in spring and sporadically thereafter. Its light-green leaves are flushed with bronze when new. Several cultivars are available, including the dwarf 'Little John'.
Grow weeping bottlebrush in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A nice specimen tree for the border or patio, it can also be massed for screening....
(Little John Dwarf Bottlebrush, Weeping Bottlebrush)
Often grown as a small multi-stemmed tree, weeping bottlebrush is a narrow-leaved evergreen native to eastern Australia. Its dwarf cultivar 'Little John' offers the same bright red fuzzy flower clusters but on a dwarf, dense, rounded shrub. The hummingbird-attracting flowers continue through much of the year. The blue-green leaves are flushed with bronze when new.
Grow 'Little John' in full sun and well-drained fertile soil. A nice specimen tree for the border or patio, it can also be used as...
(Cushion Bush, Silver Sand Cushion Bush)
This is a selection, prized for its leaf colors, of a mounding, dry-climate perennial native to coastal bluffs of south and western Australia as well as Tasmania. There it encounters persistent winds and salt spray, a regimen that has made it a near perfect coastal plant for water conservation. The foliage of ‘Silver Sand’ is composed of scale-like leaves on finely divided branchlets. The leaves are a a more intense silvery hue than the parent species and the plant’s habit is a dense mound, hence...
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(Grasspink, Manyflower Grasspink)
Heavily perfumed, sometimes with a pungent scent, the manyflower grasspink bears rose-magenta or purplish-rose blossoms in springtime. This wildflower is native to the seasonally moist-to-dry sandy soils across the American southeastern coastal plain. It is a rare orchid in the wild, largely due to pine flatwood habitat destruction. The densest populations can be found in Central Florida.
Manyflower grasspink grows from an elongated corm (bulb-like root) that forks over time. Its slender, grass-like...
(Grasspink, Oklahoma Grasspink)
The Oklahoma grasspink bears stalks of lightly scented rose-pink blossoms from spring to midsummer, depending on geography. This herbaceous perennial wildflower is a true prairie forb that grows from an elongated corm (bulb-like root). In the wild it can be found growing in pine savannas, acid sandy to loamy prairies, open oak forests and bog edges. Very similar in physical characteristics to the bearded grasspink (Calopogon barbatus), which is usually non-fragrant, the Oklahoma grasspink...
James H. Schutte
Woolly stems and leaves of the crown flower attract attention year round, but extra visual delight occurs when stem tips bear a cluster of lavender flowers. A spreading evergreen succulent shrub, it is native to dry woodlands across southeastern Asia, from India to Indonesia. Traditionally, crown flower's stem bark is used as medicine, the leaves as a wound poultice and plant juices as a yellow dye.
The large oval leaves emerge very fuzzy and almost silvery white. As they mature, the leaf becomes...
Gerald L. Klingaman
Berlandier's sundrops is notable for its narrow, linear leaves with sparse, fine teeth on their edges, and months of evening primrose flowers. Normally an evergreen perennial that grows from woody stems near the ground, it is native to the south central and southwestern United States and northern Mexico in grasslands.
The wiry, thick stems of this perennial are orange-tan and lightly lined with long, linear leaves of a light to medium-green. The leaves form a whorled head at the stem tips, from...