Eutaxia obovata – ‘Egg and Bacon Plant’
Flowering from late winter into spring, Eutaxia obovata is a small evergreen shrub with colourful yellow and orange to red flowers.
The foliage is attractive through the year, the pea like flowers are brightly coloured and put 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, growing best in a slightly acidic soil with a position in full sun..
Prune lightly after flowering to maintain a more bushy habit.
- Height – Will reach around 2 metres in height. E. obovata ‘nana’ will reach around 1 metre.
- Spread – Will spread to around 2 metres. E. obovata ‘nana’ to around 1 metre.
- Soil – Humus rich and well drained.
- Position – Best in full sun.
- Fertiliser – Use a specialist native plant fertiliser in early spring.