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Telopea speciosissima

Waratah

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Features

  • BloomsMarch
  • Height2m to 3.5m
  • Spread1.75m to 2.5m
  • Growth HabitBushy oval
  • Flower ColourRed
  • Leaf ColourRed

Description

Telopea speciosissima (Waratah). The leaves will vary from oblong to wedge-shaped, with serrated edges which are sometimes slightly lobed. The reddish flowers are borne in large domed heads about 10-15cm across, in early spring and early summer. The leaves are bright red and lance-shaped.

Characteristics

Evergreen, Shrub

Origin

N.S.W, Australia

Interest and use

Grown mainly for their flower heads.

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Needs

  • LightFull sun
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilHeavy, Well drained, Light, Medium, Poor quality
  • Soil pH5.0 to 7.0
  • WaterSemi-moist

Cultivation

They will need well-drained, sandy 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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