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Pimelea spectabilis | Growing and Care Guide Australia

So far this month I have reviewed the Pimelea ferruginea, the Pimelea physodes and the Pimelea rosea. Here is the final Pimelea variety for February.


Pimelea spectabilis Features

Genus: Pimelea
Species: P. spectabilis
Family: Thymelaeaceae
Common Name: Bunjong
Flower Colour: Pink
Foliage Colour: Green
Growth Habit: Shrub to 1m
Flowering: Winter – Spring

growing Pimelea spectabilis

Once again we have a variety of Pimelea that is clearly defined by its flower. The Pimelea spectabilis is quite different to the other varieties of Pimelea that I have reviewed.

The flower consists of an outer halo of mostly white flowers circling an inner white cluster with a deep pink centre. The leaves of the Pimelea spectabilis are a lot more pointy and indeed prickly but this should not deter you from planting this fantastic shrub.

Growing Pimelea spectabilis

The Pimelea spectabilis is very similar to the other varieties in that it likes a sunny to part shade position in the garden and prefers soil with good drainage.

This Pimelea species is endemic to the South-West of Western Australia, my home area, but in recent years has very much been taking of Australia wide and is available from a lot more nurseries than previously.

Pruning Pimelea spectabilis

Once it reaches its full size, Pimelea spectabilis is pretty much self-managing, but if you’re trying to keep it to a more limited size, regular pruning is necessary. Within its main dome, it will have plenty of old wood. This will not regrow new foliage, so it’s essential that any pruning is kept to the first few inches of growth, and never goes beyond green leaves.

Prune Pimelea spectabilis immediately after flowering. This will not only help to encourage new foliage but can even lead to a second flush of flowers in a mild year. Pimelea grows slowly in summer, so one prune each year will be enough to keep your Pimelea bushy and around the same size year after year.

Pruning overgrown Pimelea spectabilis

If your Pimelea has completely outgrown its space, the furthest you can realistically cut back with confidence is about 1/3 of the overall size (assuming there are leaves that deep into the shrub). 

However, if it’s a choice between removing the plant entirely, and trying to save it from oblivion, it’s worth cutting right back to the ground. In some cases, this will trigger completely new shoots at the base.

It’s not guaranteed, and your plant may not recover, so this is a very last resort to try to whip an overgrown Pimelea back into shape.

Last Updated on February 26, 2024

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Lorri Hopkins

Hello Aussie Green Thumb community. I am Lorri Hopkins from South Australia and proud to be collaborating with the wondering team here at AGT to bring you practical gardening advice for Aussie gardens.

I have been gardening and growing vegetables since before I could walk, and the joy of spending time in my family garden with loved ones lead me to start my own hobby farm many years ago. I get to enjoy the fruits of my gardens daily and also volunteer at my local garden centre.

I started with Aussie Green Thumb as a fun project, sharing gardening advice with the team and collaborating on a few articles. Now my main role at AGT is to review the information provided here to ensure we are covering all bases and providing the best advice we can to gardeners all over Australia.

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  3. Can you please give me some advice on the pruning of Pimelea Spectabilis. When, how severe, how often etc

  4. Hi Andrew,

    Thanks for your questions. We have updated the post with a pruning section. Is there anything else you would like to know?

    Best regards,

    Gary Clarke

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