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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.  

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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.  The information on this page is based on our library and online research as well as observations made of this plant as it grows in our nursery, in the nursery 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, in particular if this information is contrary to what we have written or includes additional cultural tips that would aid others in growing Brachysema 'Bronze Butterfly'.
 
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