Plant of the Month — August 2004
Calytrix leschenaultii (Schauer) Benth.
Calytrix leschenaultii is a striking shrub growing in height to 1m. Its almost iridescent flowers range in colour from purple to shades of violet, pink and blue. A plant in full bloom is outstanding in the bushland and flowers can be seen from June to November. This species favours an extensive range of soil types, from white, grey or yellow sands to loams and laterite soils.
A member of the Myrtaceae family, Calytrix leschenaultii grows over a wide area, from Kalbarri in the north to Israelite Bay on the south coast and inland to Southern Cross. With populations around Busselton and Dunsborough on the west coast, this species grows throughout almost all of the south-west of Western Australia.
Not known in cultivation this electrifying plant can only be enjoyed by travellers and bushwalkers.
Photo: E. Wajon
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