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Isopogon formosus - Drumsticks
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Proteaceae (Proteas)
Origin: Australia (Australasia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: Purple
Bloomtime: Winter/Spring
Height: 4-6 feet
Width: 3-4 feet
Exposure: Full Sun
Summer Dry: Yes
Deer Tolerant: Yes
Irrigation (H2O Info): Low Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Isopogon formosus (Drumsticks) - This upright evergreen shrub from Australia grows to 6 feet tall and 4 feet wide. Crowded along the stem, the dark green divided leaves are 1 to 2 inches long with rounded segments and sharp tips and look a bit like tiny green deer antlers - new growth somewhat reddish and slightly hair. Rounded heads of showy, purplish-pink flowers with yellow styles cluster at the terminal ends of branches during the late winter and spring with oval cones produced after bloom.

Best in full sun in a well-drained soil with only occasional irrigation. It is a drought tolerant plant but also sensitive to phosphorus so be careful about fertilizing this plant. Hardy to about 20 degrees F. Light pruning can improve shape of plant but be careful not to prune hard wood as hard cut stems are not likely to resprout. This plant is not often browsed by deer. An attractive plant for its foliage alone and while not a heavy bloomer the flowers are very attractive and interesting as are the cone like seed heads that follow.

In its natural habitat Isopogon formosus is usually found growing close to the coast in heath from south of Perth to Esperance in Western Australia. The name for the genus come from the Latin word 'isos' meaning "equa" and 'pogon' meaning "beard" in reference to the fringed flowers. The specific epithet means "beautiful". It is also commonly called Rose Coneflower in Australia. We first got this interesting and beautiful plant from Daryll Combs at his Daryll's Exotic Plants Nursery in Carpinteria, California in 1990, first listed it in our 1992 catalog and have grown it ever since. 

This information about Isopogon formosus 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.