The Rose Cone Flower
One of the often neglected species is Isopogon dubius, commonly called the ‘Rose Pink Cone Flower’. It naturally forms a compact rounded shrub and with masses of rose pink flowers is a standout native plant when in flower.
Best described as a low growing upright shrub, this is a drought tolerant plant from Western Australia.
The named cultivars of tidy little plant will reach around 1m in height with a similar spread. The species itself will be taller, however still a good plant. Excellent in a rock garden, grown in the garden border, or when used as a container plant.
Spring flowering and very attractive to bees and birds this is a very low care plant once established.
We suggest regular pruning after flowering (deadheading) to maintain a really nice shape, and promote a more prolific flowering habit.
Isopogon dubius Care
- Well drained soil. In poor drained soils, consider hilling up the garden bed to improve drainage. Or improve soil structure by adding appropriate material.
- This is a species that requires a slightly acidic soil to thrive.
- Full sun.
- Will grow in larger containers.
- Water through first summer allowing to dry between waterings.
- A slow release native plant fertilizer once a year is sufficient.
- Suited to growing in coastal conditions
When container growing you need to ensure that you are using a specialist Australian Native plant potting mix. These are free draining and contain different fertiliser to othe potting mixes.
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