An attractive small shrub Spyridium scortechinii is commonly called the Cotton Bush. White wooly flowers from winter well into spring are surrounded by golden flower bracts.
This is a useful plant for any garden border, and like most Spyridium species the long lasting flowers are a feature for 6 – 8 weeks.
Care and Maintenance
Best suited to a well drained soil and a sunny postion, once established these are a very hardy plant. Little extra water will be required except in extended very dry periods.
- Dig the soil over well and weed.
- Plant in a humus rich well drained soil.
- Water in with a liquid seaweed fertiliser.
- Top dress each year with some well rotted compost.
- Water during very dry periods over spring to summer.
Light pruning after flowering will encourage a more compact shape and promote more flowers the next season..
- Botanical Name – Spyridium scortechinii (syn. Stenanthemum scortechinii)
- Common Name – Cotton Bush.
- Family – Rhamnaceae
- Position – Full sun to a little shade.
- Soil – A well drained soil is essential.
- Height – To around 1 metres.
- Spread – To around 1 metre.
- Flowers – Golden flower bracts.
- Flowering time – Winter to Spring.
- Foliage – Small Mid to deep green and lance shaped.
- Frost tolerant – Yes
- Drought tolerant – Yes