One of the great Australian plants, Thryptomene is used widely in the commercial cut flower industry(thyryptomene calycina) where it is used as ‘backing foliage’ thyrptomene also has a place in the garden. Thryptomene baeckeacea is pictured right.
A small evergreen shrub, thyrpomene grows to about 1.5m, but with 40 or so species this will vary. Flowers appear on thryptomene from winter through to spring and with its graceful arching stems thryptomene looks great in the garden. Flower colours vary from white through to pinks and purples, they make great garden plants as well as being a commercial crop.
One outstanding white flowering variety is T. saxicola ‘Alba’, good green foliage and clean white flowers from winter through to spring. T. saxicola ‘F.C. Payne’ has pink flowers and is a fast growing cultivar.
Growing Conditions and Care
These plants are mainly from Western Australia, and as such all Thryptomene species prefer a well drained soil and can be pruned simply by picking the flowers. Thryptomene, once established is drought tolerant.
Like many native plants they do benefit from light pruning, it is not advisable to cut back into old wood, so simply cut the flowers while fresh and bring them indoors.
Species and Varieties
T. micrantha, T. stenophylla, T. calycina and the low growing T. baeckeacea are all worthy of a place in the garden.