Botanic Gardens Trust, Sydney, Australia
The Australian Botanic Garden, Mount Annan - March
|Common name ||small crowea|
|Scientific name ||Crowea exalata F.Muell.|
|Etymology || |
Genus: Named after James Crowe, 1750-1807, F.L.S., a surgeon who studied mosses, fungi and willows
Species: Latin, ex, without; alatus, wings. Referring to the lack of ridges on the stems - this is not a definitive characteristic.
|Distribution ||The coast and ranges of Queensland south to Victoria.|
|Native habitat ||Open forests and woodlands.|
|Description ||A small, variable plant ranging from almost prostrate forms to shrubs up to a metre or more high. Flowers usually range from pale to mid pink in colour although white forms are known. |
|Flowering/fruiting ||Flowers appear in late summer through to mid winter.|
Location in Garden
This species can be seen in the Big Idea Garden and also at Lakeside around the amenity block.
The form on display at Mount Annan is a dwarf to small shrub which is widely cultivated for its lovely pink flowers, extended flowering period and adaptability. It will grow in most relatively well-drained soils, does best in dappled shade or part sun, is frost tolerant and is also a good container plant.
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