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Pimelea Ferruginea | Growing + Care Guide Australia

For the month of February I will be taking a look at 4 different varieties of the Australian Native Plant called the Pimelea.

Pimelea’s are extremely beautiful plants that can mostly be grown in cool and temperate climate zones.

Sadly Pimelea’s struggle in tropical and sub-tropical climates but they are so amazingly beautiful that I am featuring them during this month of February.


Pimelea Ferruginea

Genus: Pimelea
Species: ferruginea
Common Name: Pink rice flower
Flower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: Dark Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 1m
Flowering: Spring

Pimelea ferruginea

Where and How To Grow Pimelea Ferruginea

Pimelea ferruginea prefers a coastal climate but they have been known to succeed inland. What gives the Pimelea its beauty is the way the flowers cluster together at the end of the stem.

The individual flowers themselves are quite small but because they cluster together (like the Hydrangea) they make a much larger statement and really stand out against the dark green foliage.

pimelea ferruginea prefers a coastal climate but they have been known to succeed inland

Source: Virginianursery.com.au

Pimelea ferruginea is only a small shrub growing about 1m high and between 1 and 2 metre’s wide. Pimelea ferruginea prefers a well draining soil and a sunny to part shade position.

The best way to reproduce Pimelea ferruginea is from cuttings with the best cuttings being current season growth.

People have successfully propagated Pimelea ferriuginea from seeds but this is a highly unreliable process for this variety. Why not consider adding a Pimelea ferruginea to your garden.

Pimelea Ferruginea Everything you Need to Know Australia Guide

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  1. I have been searching desperately for a source to find Pimelea ferruginea in the United States. I am completely captivated by this plant and while I would have to keep it as a container plant the unique growth pattern of the foliage and the blooms would be 100% worth it. Unfortunately in the USA it is more rare than a chicken with teeth. The real kicker once when I was younger I saw one in some ones yard. At the time It did strike me but being young I wasn't as interested. If I knew then how rare it was I would have gotten some cuttings to propagate.

  2. Hi,

    Thank you so much for your question! It’s such a beautiful plant, we’re not surprised you’ve fallen in love with it – it’s one of our favourites too!
    It can be tricky to find in the USA, but we’ve got a few ideas to help you out.

    You can buy seed from this online Aussie nursery, as they do ship overseas when stock is available. Otherwise, we suggest making a Facebook post and sharing it on gardening groups. You never know who might be able to get you a few cuttings of this pretty plant!
    Kind regards,
    The Aussie Green Thumb Team

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