Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia


Ptilotus exaltatus

The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - February

Common name pink mulla mulla
Scientific name Ptilotus exaltatus Nees
Family  Amaranthaceae

Genus: From the Greek, ptilotos, feathery. Referring to the texture of the flowers and flowerhead.

Species: Latin, exaltatus, raised high, lofty.

Distribution Occurs in semi-arid and arid regions of mainland Australia.
Native habitat It grows in mulga woodland and is often found on sand ridges, lateritic plains and rocky outcrops.

A dwarf to small annual or perennial plant.

Flowering/fruiting Flowers in spring through to summer.

Location in Garden

At Mount Annan, you can see it in the Connections Garden.


In cultivation it prefers well-drained acidic soils and a full sun position. It can also tolerate moderate to fairly heavy frosts.

At Mount Annan we treat it as an annual with the pink feathery flowers and lime green foliage adding colour and texture to our ornamental plantings.

Currently there is considerable research being undertaken into the cultivation requirements of the entire genus of Ptilotus because of their potential as cut flowers.




Ptilotus exaltatus

Ptilotus exaltatus

Ptilotus exaltatus