Common name: Tall Mulla Mulla
Origin of Scientific Name
Ptilotus – Greek ptilotos = winged, particularly soft-winged, whether membraneous or feathered
exaltatus – Latin = raised up, tall (referring to the flower spikes)
Erect annual herb, often treated as a perennial, to 1.2 m high, with pink to purple flowers in dense, brightly-coloured conical heads to 150 mm long.
Widespread throughout the arid and semi-arid regions of Australia, and in Western Australia, in all areas except the Nullarbor Plain above a line drawn from Perth to Esperance. Refer to the distribution map for this species via the Department of Environment and Conservation's FloraBase online herbarium.
April to November.
Propagate from seed, without any pre-treatment. Depending on material, germination may be slow or unreliable. Established plants require an open position in full sun with excellent drainage.
View This Plant
Garden beds at the entry to the Western Australian Botanic Garden and in the Forrest Car Park roundabout. To help locate these sites, you may download the Western Australian Botanic Garden brochure via our brochures page.