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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.
Plant type: General houseplant
Flower colour: Red
Foliage colour: Mid-green
Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade
Skill level: Experienced
Time to take cuttings: June to August
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