Beaufortia squarrosaCommon name: Sand Bottlebrush
Family: MYRTACEAE (c. 150 Genera)
Origin of Scientific Name
Beaufortia: after Mary, Duchess of Beaufort (1630 - 1715), who maintained botanical gardens at Badminton and Chelsea in England.
squarrosa: from Latin squarrosus = having overlapping scales or bristles; or having overlapping leaves with out-turned, sharp points.
DescriptionSmall shrub from 0.5 m in the south, up to 2 m high in the northern part of its range. Stamen branches red, often orange, or sometimes yellow.
From north of Kalbarri in the north, to Busselton in the south, mainly on coastal sand plains associated with winter-wet depressions.
Flowering SeasonJanuary to May and August to December, though mainly in Spring.
Relatively easy to germinate from seed sown during summer, though at about 15°C, in bright light conditions, but not direct sunlight. You may also have some success with cuttings of current season’s hardened growth and a hormone gel.
Prune lightly after flowering and avoid fertilising and over-watering.