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Products > Diplolaena angustifolia 'Orange Urchin'
Diplolaena angustifolia 'Orange Urchin' - Yanchep Rose

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: Rutaceae (Citrus)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Flower Color: Cream & Red
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 3-4 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Seaside: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 25-30 F
Diplolaena angustifolia 'Orange Urchin' (Yanchep Rose) - This small bushy shrub from Western Australia grows to 3 to 5 feet tall. It has narrow olive-green leaves with dense rusty hairs on the underside. In late winter through early spring appear the pendant 1 1/2" wide flowers that have a double row of short greenish cream-colored petal-like bracts and large brushes of pale orange stamens. The whole effect is a bit like looking at a upside down sea urchin. Plant in well-drained soils in full sun (coastal) to light shade with little irrigation - can tolerate regular watering if drainage is very good. Tolerates alkaline soils and coastal garden settings if given some protection from direct sea spray. Does best in near frost-free locations as temperatures below 26 F are liable to freeze back plant before flowering. An unusual and showy plant that is good mixed with other drought tolerant plants or used as a container plant. Diplolaena angustifolia was introduced through the UCSC Koala Blooms Australian Plant Introduction Program in fall 2005. Diplolaena from Greek 'diploos' meaning "double" and 'chlaina' meaning a "cloak" in reference to the double row of bracts that envelope the flower. 

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