Telopea trunctata

Tasmanian wattle

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Plant type

General houseplant

Flower colour






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photo by J S Sira, copyright GAP Photos (126521)

Plant details

As its common name suggests, this exotic-looking shrub comes from Tasmania. The evergreen leaves are dull green in colour, with silver hairy on their undersides. In early summer, flower-heads of a ring of hairy, rust-red bracts and 10-20 tubular red flowers appear. The plant's tender nature means that it is best grown in conservatories in the UK. Grow in full or bright filtered light in John Innes No2 loam-based compost with added sharp sand. During the growing season, water freely and feed monthly with a low nitrogen and phosphate fertiliser. Water sparingly in winter.

Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Telopea

Species: trunctata

Plant type: General houseplant

Flower colour: Red

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Tender

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 2500cm

Spread: 300cm

Time to take cuttings: June to August

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