Rarely seen in gardens, a low growing dense shrub Homoranthus papillatus will reach around 1 – 1.5 metres in height and has an interesting horizontal spreading habit.
The common name of Mouse and Honey Plant comes from the nectar rich flowers that appear in spring.
It natural habitat is inland on the Queensland–New South Wales border, so think Darling Downs and you will get the idea of the sort of conditions it grows in. It grows on rocky ground and in full sun. The foliage has a nice fragrance and when in flower they have a fragrance as well, some say it is sweet, others find it most unattractive, however they do attract bees to the garden. Its natural range is limited and is said to be under threat in the natural environment.
This is a plant that requires very good drainage and full sun to grow well. Some good examples can be found in specialist native gardens in Melbourne.
It is not widely offered for sale.
- Botanical Name – Homoranthus papillatus
- Common Name – Mouse and Honey Plant
- Position – Full sun
- Soil – Humus rich to sandy, well drained.
- Height – From 1 – 1.5 metres
- Spread – To around 1.5 metres.
- Flowers – Yellow
- Flowering time – Spring
- Foliage Mid green
- Drought tolerant – Medium
- Frost tolerant – Yes