Flowers in Australia: 18

Red Honey Myrtle (Hillock Bush) / Melaleuca Hypericifolia

Myrtle Melaleuca Hypericifolia

Ornamental shrub,Ā  with bright green leaves and showy terracotta flowers appearing in early summer. Tolerant of most well-drained soils and situations. Foliage damaged by moderate frost. Excellent screen or windbreak as plants respond to pruning. Attracts hummingbirds and makes an excellent cut foliage.

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9 Comments Add yours

  1. Lucid Gypsy says:

    Have you seen any hummingbirds Jude?

    1. Heyjude says:

      I don’t think they have hummingbirds here like those in S. America – they are more likely to be honey eaters or sunbirds. I have seen birds feeding on the bottlebrush but much larger than a hummingbird.

  2. restlessjo says:

    Like the bottle brush but a different shade? šŸ™‚

    1. Heyjude says:

      Aargh! Wrote a long comment and then lost it! See here for difference: http://anpsa.org.au/mel-cal.html
      Had a lovely walk with Meg in a botanical garden yesterday – hope to write about it soon šŸ™‚

  3. pommepal says:

    I would love it if we had humming birds over here Jude, but we have some delightful small honey eaters colourful but not as bright as the hummers.

    1. Heyjude says:

      Love the honey eaters, but impossible to get a photo, they are very quick.

      1. pommepal says:

        They are quick and shy too

  4. Lovely delicacy, beautifully captured.

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