Flowering from late winter into spring, Eutaxia obovata is a small evergreen shrub grown for the colourful yellow and orange to red flowers. It is the flower colour that gives it the common name of ‘Egg and Bacon Plant’.
With a natural busy and mounding habit, the foliage is a mid to deep green and attractive through the year. The flowers pea like and are brightly coloured, putting on a great display over a long period.
The species itself will reach around 2 metres in height and spread to around 2 metres. Look for Eutaxia obovata ‘nana’, a lower growing variety to around 1 metre which suits a range of landscaping applications where a lower growing plant is required.
Also known as the ‘Egg and Bacon Plant’ is good condition the plant will be covered in masses of flowers when in full bloom.
Use the lower growing variety as a small feature plant in the garden, or as a border plant. The taller growing variety can be used as an informal hedging plant.
Eutaxia obovata Care
A well drained soil is essential,Eutaxia obovata grows best in a slightly acidic soil with a position in full sun..
This is a plant that can be pruned lightly directly after flowering to maintain a more bushy and compact habit.
- Botanical Name – Eutaxia obovata
- Common Name – Egg and Bacon Plant
- Origins – Western Australia
- Position – Full Sun to Partial Shade
- Moisture – Well drained humus rich soil, regarded as relatively drought tolerant once established.
- Growth Habit – Mounding small shrub, dense foliage.
- Foliage Colour – Mid to deep Green
- Flower Colour – Yellow and Orange
- Frost Tolerant – Yes, light frosts only.
- Height – To 1.5 metre to 2m – E. obovata ‘nana’ 60 cm to 1 metre.
- Spread -To 1.5 metre – E. obovata ‘nana’ To 60 cm plus
- Pruning – Light pruning only immediately after flowering