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Products > Philotheca myoporoides 'Profusion'
 
Philotheca myoporoides 'Profusion' - Long-leaf wax flower
  

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rutaceae (Citrus)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Eriostemon myoporoides ' Profusion']
Height: 4-5 feet
Width: 4-5 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 10-15 F
Philotheca myoporoides 'Profusion' (Long-leaf wax flower) - This hardy, compact shrub, grows to 4-5 ft. tall and wide. In late winter and early spring, pink buds open to a profusion of white flowers. It has aromatic leaves that are somewhat reminiscent of the apple fragrance when the plant is brushed against or if the leaves are crushed. It does best in dappled shade, but will tolerate full sun. It tolerates frost and extended dry periods and appreciates well-drained soils, especially if regularly irrigated. Though not fond of alkaline conditions and prone to chlorosis in these conditions, plants react well to supplemental chelated iron and slow release fertilizers - consider using fertilizers developed for citrus. This plant is great for cut flowers and cut foliage and responds well to being lightly pruned or sheared back hard. It is useful in brightening up a spot in dappled shade. The species is endemic to south-eastern Australia from Queensland south to New South Wales to Victoria. It was first described as Erisotemon myoporoides in 1824 by Swiss botanist Augustin Pyramus de Candolle but was transferred to the genus Philotheca in 1998 based on a revision of the genus by Mike Bayly. The name Eriostemon came from the Greek words 'erion' meaning "wool" and 'stemon' meaning "stamen" because the stamen filaments are covered with soft woolly hairs. The name Philotheca comes from the the Greek words 'philos' meaing "loved", "beloved" or "dear" and 'theke' meaing a "receptacle" or "box" referring to the seed capsule. The specific epithet means resembling plants in the genus Myoporum. This species was one of the more common native plants used in Australian gardens dating back to the early 1900s because of it hardiness to a wide range of conditions and was first introduced into cultivation in England in 1924.  This description is based on our research and our observations of this plant growing in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We always appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have any additional information about this plant, particularly if they disagree with what we have written or have additional cultural tips that would aid others growing Philotheca 'Profusion' .
 
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