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Products > Pimelea humilis 'Small Fry'
Pimelea humilis 'Small Fry' - Dwarf Rice-flower

Note: This plant is not currently for sale. This is an archive page preserved for informational use.  

Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Thymelaeaceae (Mezereums)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Cream
Bloomtime: Spring
Height: 1-2 feet
Width: 2-3 feet
Exposure: Sun or Shade
Summer Dry: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 15-20 F
Pimelea humilis 'Small Fry' (Dwarf Rice-flower) - A dwarf shrub to 12-18 inches tall by 2 to 3 feet wide with slightly hairy elliptic gray-green leaves and compact 1 inch wide ball-shaped terminal clusters of creamy white flowers that cover the plant in spring to early summer. This plant comes from a wide range of southeastern Australia, from northeastern Tasmania north to New South Wales and west to the Mount Loft Ranges in South Australia. Plant in full sun to light shade. It is adaptable to different soil types so long as they drain and can survive with natural rainfall once established though looks better and flowers longer with occasional irrigation. Hardy to moderately cold temperatures and extended drought. Responds well to hard pruning to rejuvenate fresh growth which often suckers from the base. The Dwarf Rice Flower, also called Common River flower, is a neat and attractive small shrub with nectar that attracts butterflies to the garden. This plant is a Koala Blooms University of California Santa Cruz 2008 Plant Introduction.  The information on this page is based on the research that we have conducted about this plant in the San Marcos Growers library, from what we have found on reliable online sources, as well as from observations made of our crops of this plant growing in the nursery and of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens where we may have observed it. We also have incorporated 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 Pimelea humilis 'Small Fry'.