A low growing or prostrate species that makes an excellent groundcover plant, hence Adenanthos cuneatus cultivar names such as ‘coral carpet’ and coral drift.
From the sandbelt areas of Western Australia this most desirable native plant is now being hybridised and although the species will reach around 1m some of the new named cultivars tend to be a lot lower growing and we think with a ‘denser habit’. The long flowering nature of species is an added attraction.
Requiring a well drained soil in a sunny position A. cuneatus requires little pruning although it can be trimmed back to maintain shape. Part shade in the afternoon is suitable, however deep shape leads to poor growth habit.
Tolerant of poor sandy soils it does require good drainage, a low phosphate fertilizer is essential. Tolerant of mild frosts, Adenanthos cuneatus is also known as the ‘Coastal Jugflower’.
Excellent in coastal areas as a groundcover, suited to mass plantings in larger landscape schemes where a low maintenance plant is required.
Species and varieties
Adenanthos, cuneatus ‘Coral Carpet’ is perhaps the latest release and this one makes an excellent choice as an easy to care for ground cover plant. Adenanthos cuneatus ‘Coral Drift’ grows well in Melbourne.
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