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Products > Adenanthos x cunninghamii
Adenanthos x cunninghamii - Albany Woollybush
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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: [A. drummondii, Hort.]
Parentage: (A. sericeus x A. cuneatus)
Height: 3-5 feet
Width: 4-6 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Seaside: Yes
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Adenanthos x cunninghamii (Albany Woollybush) - A sprawling, densely-branched mounding shrub from Western Australia that can grow to 3 to 6 feet tall and spread 4 to 7 feet wide. The soft, silvery, blue-green flattened foliage is dissected into 6 to 8 segments with a nice flush of pink toward the tips. Dark red tubular flowers appear spring through fall but are mostly hidden within the foliage. Plant in full sun in a well-drained soil. Drought tolerant once established. Tolerates medium frost and temperatures to 20-25 degrees F. A nice low plant for a rock garden or the mixed mediterranean climate garden - a very useful plant in beachside conditions. We have grown this plant since 1993 incorrectly labeled as Adenanthos drummondii but changed our listing to Adenanthos x cunninghamii, a naturally occurring hybrid between A. sericeus subsp. sericeus and A. cuneatus, on the advice of Dr. Charles Nelson, author of the section on Adenanthos (Proteaceae) in the Flora of Australia (16: 314-342). This shrub occurs naturally in very small numbers in the Albany area of Western Australia, and is a protected plant.  This information about Adenanthos x cunninghamii displayed is based on research conducted in our library and from reliable online resources. We will also note observations that we have made about it as it grows in the gardens in our nursery and those elsewhere, as well how the crops have performed in containers in our nursery field. We will also incorporate comments we receive from others, and we welcome hearing from anyone with additional information, particularly if they can share cultural information that would aid others in growing it.