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Wednesday's Flower

Dwarf Bottlebrush

Wednesday's Story

A burst of red…

Like fireworks exploding to bring in the holiday season against a green, leafy “sky”. The holidays are such a busy and hectic time, so here’s to taking a moment to breathe and take in the awe and beauty of nature and life.

points of interest

Brilliant red, terminal, bottlebrush-like spikes are composed of numerous tiny, 5-petaled flowers with long, colorful stamens. Attractive to hummingbirds, blooming throughout the year but peaking early summer through fall. Forms a rounded mound of narrow, leathery, bluish gray-green leaves. Useful for massing, foundations or as a low hedge.

general care

Plant in full sun or light shade in moist, well-drained, neutral to acidic soil. Performs best with some irrigation but can handle periods of drought. Tolerates seaside conditions and hard pruning. Grow in containers where not hardy.

friday’s flower fact

The genus name, Callistemon, is derived from the Greek words ‘kallos’ meaning “beautiful” and ‘stemon’ meaning “stamens,” referring to the colorful long stamens, for which this plant is known.

Common Names | Dwarf Bottlebrush
Botanical Name | Callistemon ‘Little John’
Family | Myrtaceae
Type | Evergreen shrub
Origin | Australian parentage (C. viminalis hybrid)
Zone | 8-11
Flower Height | 3-5’
Flower Diameter | 2”

photographed @

Conejo Valley Botanic Garden

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Varying perspectives of Wednesday’s Flower from bud to full bloom

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