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Products > Calothamnus quadrifidus 'Seaside'
 
Calothamnus quadrifidus 'Seaside' - Seaside One-sided Bottlebrush
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtles)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Summer
Synonyms: [Calothamnus villosus, Hort.]
Height: 4-8 feet
Width: 6-8 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Drought Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Calothamnus quadrifidus 'Seaside' (Seaside One-sided Bottlebrush) - Medium-sized shrub to 5-7 feet tall with soft hairy pine-needle-like leaves and bright red flowers, which are actually bundles of four stamens known as staminal claws, from late winter to summer with sporadic bloom on to late fall. The flowers are borne on one side of stem that was the previous year's new growth. Plant in full to partial sun and water infrequently. Tolerant of hot dry conditions, most any well-drained soil, coastal conditions (back from salt spray zone) and medium frost - listed hardy to 16 F. Good as a low screen. Foliage is great in flower arrangements and attracts nectar feeding birds to the garden. We have grown this plant since 2006 as Calothamnus villosus, a plant restricted to southern Western Australia, but true Calothamnus villosus, has 5 stamens in bundles and this plant has 4 merous staminal bungles so it has been determined to be a nice gray leafed form of Calothamnus quadrifidus, a species that has a wider distribution through much of west Western Australia. The confusion between these species has long been noted in the literature. The name for the genus comes from the Greek word 'kalos' which means "beautiful" and 'thamnos' which means "a shrub" and the specific epithet means "divided into four parts" in reference to the staminal bundles. This cultivar was originally grown from seed by Jo O'Connell at Australian Native Plant Nursery and so not to not confuse it with other forms of Calothamnus quadrifidus, she named it Calothamnus quadrifidus 'Seaside'. We find this fitting as Seaside Gardens in Carpinteria was the location from which we first took cuttings of this plant.  This description is based on our research and the observations we have made of this plant as it grows in containers at our nursery, in our own garden and in other gardens. We also appreciate receiving feedback of any kind from those who have 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 Calothamnus quadrifidus 'Seaside'.