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Products > Myoporum parvifolium 'Pink'
 
Myoporum parvifolium 'Pink' - Pink Australian Racer
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Myoporaceae (Myoporums)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Summer
Height: <1 foot
Width: 6-12 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Myoporum parvifolium 'Pink' (Pink Groundcover Myoporum) - This is a very low growing, trailing dense evergreen groundcover that grows to 6 inches tall and spreads to 5 feet or more. It has well-branched stems with closely spaced leaves and pink flowers that form in clusters at the tips of the branches in the summer. It is drought and seaside tolerant and is hardy to about 20 degrees F. This species comes from south western New South Wales, central and western Victoria and eastern South Australia where it can often be found growing in clay soils, often in saline conditions. The name of the genus comes from the Greek words 'myo' meaning "to shut" and 'poros' meaning "closed pores" in reference to the appearance of the glands on the leaves. The specific epithet comes from the Latin words 'parvus' meaning "small" or "insignificant"and 'folius' meaning "leaf" in reference to the small leaves of the species. The common names used for the species in Australia include Creeping Boobialla, Creeping Myoporum and Dwarf Native Myrtle. The typical form of this species has white flowers and a little more open growth habit. This tighter growing pink flowering plant came to us from the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum in 1993 and we have been growing it ever since. We also grow the very nice white flowering fine leaf form of Myoporum parvifolium - for more information on this plant see 'Fine Leaf Form'. In 2006 in southern California Myoporum laetum and Myoporum 'Pacificum' (AKA M. 'South Coast') came under attack by a newly describes thrips, Klambothrips myopori, that came from coastal Eastern Australia. While this pest plagued our crops of Myoporum laetum 'Carsonii', causing us to stop producing it, this pest has not affected this plant, Myoporum laetum 'Compacta' (which we no longer grow), Myoporum 'Putah Creek' or Myoporum parvifolium 'Fine Leaf Form'. More information can also be found on our Myoporum Thrips Page 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 Myoporum parvifolium 'Pink'.
 
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