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Products > Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift'
Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' - Flame Bush

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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Red
Bloomtime: Spring/Fall
Synonyms: [Adenanthos cuneata]
Height: 2-4 feet
Width: 3-5 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20° F
Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' (Flame Bush) - A low-growing shrub to 2 to 4 feet tall by 3 to 5 feet wide with wedge-shaped silver-gray leaves that flush bright pink when in new growth and small red flowers with green at their base. The species is a common coastal plant along the south coast of Western Australia and this selection was made for its outstandingly bright pink new growth and compact low spreading habit. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Though a coastal species, it has been grown in England since 1824 and is listed as hardy to winter temperatures - we speculate that it will likely prove hardy to at least 15 to 20 degrees F. A nice low plant for a rock garden or in a mixed mediterranean climate garden and useful in beachside conditions but more difficult to grow, particularly in heavier soils, than other Adenanthos. The name Adenanthos comes from the Greek 'aden' meaning "a gland" and 'anthos' meaning "a flower" and is in reference to the flowers' prominent nectaries. The specific epithet cuneatus, meaning "wedge shaped" refers to the shape of the leaves. The common name flame bush is appropriate because of the blazing pink new growth but this plant is also commonly called “Coastal Jugflower” for the area where it grows and also 'Bridle bush' and 'Sweat-bush' because of horses' preference to forage this plant and the apparent affect of making them sweat. In some references the species is referred to as Adenanthos cuneata but most modern references use Adenanthos cuneatus. In the supplement to the “Encyclopaedia of Australian Plants” by Rodger Elliot and David Jones this plant is listed as Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift' with the brief description "This is a spreading and compact dwarf selection with lovely bright pink new growth." This plant is a fall 2007 UCSC Koala Blooms Australian plant introduction.  The information on this webpage is based on research conducted about this plant in our nursery library, from online sources, as well as from observations made of it as it grows in the nursery in containers, in the nursery's garden and in other gardens where we have observed it growing. We will also incorporate comments received from others and welcome getting feedback from those who may have additional information, particularly if this information includes cultural information that would aid others in growing  Adenanthos cuneatus 'Coral Drift'.