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For the month of May 2010 I will be taking a look at 4 different varieties of the Australian Native Plant called the Adenanthos. The best of the lot, in my humble opinion, is actually native to the area I spent most of my childhood in, the Albany Woolly Bush, which I will be reviewing first.
Here is the first variety for May
Common Name: Albany Woolly Bush or Silver Streak
Flower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Grey-Green
Growth Habit: Shrub 3m+
Flowering: Spring, Summer, Autumn
The Albany Woolly Bush is an absolutely fantastic Australian Native Plant. It is extremely hardy, surviving on very little water once established, and has the most beautiful grey-green leaves. It is also extremely soft leaved and will grow to a very large size if allowed.
Probably what the Albany Woolly Bush is best known for is it’s suitability to be used as an Australian Native Christmas Tree. Many people either grow themselves or buy an Albany Woolly Bush around Christmas time because it really suits this purpose well. The grey-green leaves give it a colour that almost ‘hints’ at being snow covered (which Australians still seem to like the idea of, even though many of us have never seen snow) and because of the size the Woolly Bush grows too, you really can get a decent sized Christmas tree.
A fellow blogging friend of mine, Stuart, has a really good review of this plant with some good reader questions about propagation. It can be found here.
Thanks to Lullitz Nursery for some of this information.
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