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Products > Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly'
Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly' - Bronze Butterfly

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  
Image of Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly'
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Fabaceae = Pea Family
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Synonyms: [Gastrolobium praemorsum]
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: Spreading
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly' (Bronze Butterfly) - A creeping shrub that grows 1 to 2 feet tall with chartreuse-margined triangular-shaped dark bronze (nearly black) foliage. Flowers, borne in opposite pairs from spring through summer emerge a pale orange-red and deepen with age to very dark red. Plant in well-drained soil in shade or in full sun along the coast. Appreciates water during dry periods. Frost hardy to mid 20s F. An unusual and interesting plant. Useful as a groundcover or in a large pot. Attracts birds. The specific epithet 'praemorsa', meaning "bitten off" is in reference to the shape of the leaf tip. This Plant is a 2002 Fall release from the UCSC Koala Blooms Introduction Program and will become available from San Marcos Growers, Rosendale Nursery, Suncrest Nursery and Monterey Bay Nursery. We grew this interesting plant from 2002 until 2012 but have since discontinued producing it . The current name for this species is Gastrolobium praemorsum. 

This information about Brachysema praemorsum 'Bronze Butterfly' displayed on this web page is based on research we have conducted in our horticultural library and from reliable online resources. We also will relate observations we have made about it as it grows in our nursery gardens and other gardens visited, as well how our crops have performed in containers in the nursery field. Where appropriate, we will also incorporate comments that we receive from others and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing this plant.