A small understory shrub from the Blue Mountains, Dracophyllum secundum is rare in cultivation as it has proved difficult.
I grows naturally in rocky sandstone outcrops where moisture is available year round. It will grow on other well drained rocky outcrops and is regarded as being a Lithophyte.
The leaves are long but curl or wrap around creating whorls. Flowers are pink or white appearing on terminal spikes. The flowers are known to attract nectar seeking birds.
How to Grow Dracophyllum secundum
Limited experience with growing this Australian Native Plant outside of its natural habitat makes it difficult to be exact, the following should work.
- Choose a well drained Australian Native Potting Mix, perhaps with some added drainage makers such as perlite.
- A position in dappled shade should suit.
- Keep moist at all times.
- Botanical Name : Dracophyllum secundum
- Common Name : None
- Family : Ericaceae
- Height : To .8m
- Spread : To around .4m
- Position : Part shade to dappled shade
- Soil : Humus rich well drained and moist.
- Flowers : Pink and cream to white
- Flowering Time : Late winter to Spring
- Growth rate : Medium
- Frost tolerant : Light frosts only
- Drought tolerant : No