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Products > Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay'
Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay' - Shark Bay Aniseed Boronia

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Rutaceae (Citrus)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Pink
Bloomtime: Year-round
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay' (Shark Bay Aniseed Boronia) - A dense, dwarf shrub with small, aromatic leaves. Dainty pink flowers bloom year- round, with heaviest bloom late winter to spring into summer. Prefers sun or part shade in a sheltered spot in a well-drained soil that does not dry out completely. Hardy to 20-25 F. Prune lightly after flowering if needed. This plant is well adapted to cultivation, even in clay soils so long as it can drain and is a good choice for containers. It always looks good, blooms its head off, is attractive to bees, butterflies, other insects and unlike most other Boronia, isn't that touchy to grow, is marginally frost hardy and does well in the relatively moist soil often found in garden conditions. The species comes from the south-west of Western Australia from the Esperance Plains to the Swan Coastal Plains where it can be found growing in a wide range of soils from clays to sands and even gravels. The selection from Shark Bay north of Geraldton is sometimes considered a subspecies. The name for the genus honors the Italian Botanist Francesco Borone (1769-94). The specific epithet is from the Latin word 'crena' meaning "notch" or "tooth" with the diminutive ending in reference to the tiny teeth along the leaf margin. We have grown this very fine plant since 1999.  The information on this page is based on research conducted in our nursery library and from online sources as well as from observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens that we have visited. We have also incorporated comments received from others and always appreciate getting feedback of any kind from those who have some additional information, particularly if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing  Boronia crenulata 'Shark Bay'.