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Products > Ozothamnus diosmifolius 'Pink'
 
Ozothamnus diosmifolius 'Pink' - Pink Rice Flower
   

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Asteraceae (Sunflowers)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Flower Color: Pink & White
Bloomtime: Year-round
Synonyms: [Helichrysum diosmifolius]
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 2-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Ozothamnus diosmifolius 'Pink' (Pink Rice Flower) - This is a small, erect and open shrub to about 4-6 feet tall (sometimes larger). The leaves are small, linear in shape to about 1/2 inch long. The small flowers occur in clusters of 20 to 100 at the ends of the branches and are usually white but forms in varying shades of pink are also known. O.diosmifolius is widely grown for the cut flower trade as it is long lasting and complements other, more flamboyant species. It tends to develop a "straggly" habit in cultivation and is probably past its best after 3 seasons although annual pruning can help in maintaining an attractive bush. The species is easily propagated and can be treated as an annual or biennial. It is adaptable to most well-drained soils and will grow in sun or partial shade. The pink forms tend to fade quickly in full sun. The species is tolerant of at least moderate frost. The name Ozothamnus is from the Greek word 'ozo', "to smell" and 'thamnos', "a shrub", referring to the smelly foliage and the species diosmifolius refers to having leaves like the genus Diosma.  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 Ozothamnus diosmifolius 'Pink'.