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Telopea Genus

Waratah

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilWell drained, Humus-rich
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist or Dry

Description

Telopea genus (Waratah). These are evergreen shrubs and small trees. They produce dense heads of spectacular, tubular flowers in late spring. The leaves are leathery and green arranged alternately along the woody stems. The fruits are produced in leathery pods.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Shrubs or Trees

Origin

NSW, Australia

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their flower heads.

Cultivation

They will need well-drained, humus-rich, moist, sandy, neutral to acidic soil with low fertility. They are moderately frost hardy and prefer full sun to partial-shade and will need shelter from the wind.

Propagation

You can propagate from seed or cuttings in spring, or by layering in winter. They can also be grafted.

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