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Prostanthera lasianthos var. lasianthos|Victorian Christmas Bush

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Description
Small, aromatic spreading to erect tree. Young growth may be hairy.
Size (W x H)
2-5m x 2-8m
Leaves
Pairs of thin dark green, egg-shaped toothed leaves 6-9.5cm x 20-30mm, veins prominent, tip pointed.
Flowers
Long terminal sprays of hairy flowers with purple spots in the throat. A mauve-pink form, known as 'Kallista Pink' occurs in Kallista.
Flower colour
White or pink-mauve and purple
Flower time
November to January
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils usually in gullies of wet to dry forests. Light frost and snow tolerant. Full sun to full shade.
Commonly used for
An attractive tree for many situations but does not like to dry out. Mulch well if in an open position. Tall fast-growing screen. Responds to pruning.
Available at indigenous nursery
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Acknowledgement
Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory