The Native Fuchsia – Correa reflexa
This is the most common form of Correa, although Correa reflexa itself comes in a number of forms. The most common form is a small shrub with red tubular flowers with a green tip. Yellow and green flowered forms are also available. Prostrate forms, and larger shrubs that will reach to 2 metres in height are also found.
Very attractive to nectar seeking birds, Correa reflexa will flower from mid winter though to spring. The reflexed tips on the flowers give it the name.
Correa reflexa is another easy care native plant.
A well drained soil is essential. A position in full sun will to light afternoon shade is suitable.
When first planted, water well through the first summer. Mulch around the plant to maintain a cool root run and use a slow release native plant fertiliser once a year in early spring.
Once established, little to no extra water is required if the area around the plant is kept well mulched.
Regular pruning light pruning is recommended, this will keep the plant in a bushy rounded shape, better and more flowers as well.
Correa reflexa – Summary Information
- Height – Will reach to around 1 metres in height. Although variable
- Spread – Will spread to around 1 metres.
- Growth rate – Regarded as Medium to Fast.
- Soil – Humus rich, very well drained and free of lime. (ph 5 – 7)
- Position – Part shade.
- Foliage – Mid green.
- Flowers – Either red with green tips or yellow with green tips
- Flowering time – winter to spring.
- Drought tolerance – Medium