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.
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.
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”
Conejo Valley Botanic Garden
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