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Maireana sedifolia - Pearl Bluebush
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Chenopodiaceae (Goosefoots)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Insignificant
Bloomtime: Not Significant
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Maireana sedifolia (Pearl Bluebush) - This small shrub typically to about 3 feet tall by as wide but occasionally seen with stems rising to 5 or 6 feet. It has small succulent white leaves that are crowded along the upright-growing stems. The small paired flowers are pale pink to tan and barely noticeable. It does well in hot dry spots in the garden or in light shade in inland valleys and thrives in alkaline soils, both well drained and heavy though does poorly in wet soils. This plant is hardy to around 20 F (we lost plants at 18 F in the garden during the freeze of 1990). It is a unusual plant prized for its nearly white colored foliage that can be striking in the garden, especially when used with contrasting colored plants. Its long lasting foliage is useful in floral arrangement and it is often used for this purpose in Australia and Israel. Has a bit of an odd shape with upright stems rising above the main bulk of the plant - these can be pruned to shape to keep the plant denser or used to enhance the plants strange nature. Pearl Bluebush is native to a wide range within the arid and semi-arid areas of the Australian state of South Australia, where it often is the dominant plant. The name for the genus honors the 19th century French naturalist and botanist Charles Antoine Lemaire (18001871) and the specific epithet means "leaves like sedum" in reference to the succulent leaves looking like those of a Stonecrop. Our plants originally came from the Los Angeles Arboretum in 1989 where there is a very nice specimen in a raised planter (pictured). We have been growing and selling it at our nursery since 1992.  This description is based on research and observations of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in our nursery garden and in other gardens that we visit. We also incorporate comments received and appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or if they have additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Maireana sedifolia.