Last week I reviewed the Verticordia monadelpha, this week I will be discussing another Verticordia variety, the mitchelliana or Rapier Feather Flower.
Verticordia Mitchelliana Features
Common Name: Rapier Feather Flower
Flower Colour: Red
Foliage Colour: Grey
Growth Habit: Shrub to 1m
Flowering: Spring, Summer
This variety is definitely one of my favourite varieties of Verticordia simply because the flower is such a wonderful and vibrant red colour. The Verticordia mitchelliana is a low spreading shrub that will grow to about 1 metre high and about 1-2 metres wide.
The mitchelliana prefers positions that receive full sun but can handle periods of part or filtered shade.
This variety of Verticordia can be good to plant as a hedge. As mentioned above, it grows to about 1 metre high which can be a good height for a hedge and because it spreads wide, you only need to plant 3-4 of the variety to get a good sized hedge.
Perhaps consider planting a variety of Verticordia with similar growth patterns (or perhaps a mixed variety of growth patterns) to make your hedge look extra especially good.
Thanks to Lullfitz Nursery for some of this information.
For the month of April I will be taking a look at 4 different varieties of the Australian Native Plant called the Verticordia. I was introduced to the Verticordia when I lived on Verticordia St in Greenwood, Western Australia.
The owners of the house had planted a number of varieties in their front garden and they looked absolutely magnificent. I actually overhauled their garden while I was there, adding even more varieties. The verticordia is a fantastic Australian Native Plant.
Here is the first variety for April
Verticordia Monadelpha Features
Common Name: Woolly Featherflower
Flower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 50cm
Flowering: Spring, Summer
The Verticordia monadelpha has the most delightful little pink flowers which bunch together to form beautiful clumps. When in full flower this Verticordia really stands out. As a smaller shrub it can work really well planted around a central specimen plant.
It also works very well planted in front of a slightly larger growing shrub to help cover a wall or other various objects you might be trying to hide.
This Verticordia is a pretty hardy little plant that prefers to grow in sandy or gravel based soils. It is native to Western Australia and grows best on the West Coast but there has been growing success by gardeners who have started to plant it on the East Coast.
The Verticordia monadelpha is increasingly being used as part of formal floral decorations. A great choice for your garden.
Thanks to Lullitz Nursery for some of this information.