Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ is a hybrid of two species, Astartea astarteoides and A. clavulata, that arose in a Western Australian nursery in 1976. Both parents are Western Australian species.
Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ is a dense shrub that will reach a height of about 50 centimetres with a similar spread.
The aromatic simple leaves are about 4 mm long, to about 1 mm wide and carried in whorls around the stems.
The flowers are 10 mm in diameter with 5 petals, deep pink and carried from April to October. Blooms are both profuse and conspicuous.
The fruit is a capsule but may not be readily produced.
This is an ideal plant for the borders of native plant garden beds. It is an attractive and hardy shrub and grows well in the eastern states. It is usually easily sourced and sold in even large commercial nurseries.
Plant in a sunny spot on a well-drained sandy soil for best results. Allow good air flow.
Must be propagated from cuttings to ensure true-to-type forms of this plant.
Astartea is a genus, endemic to Western Australia of about 25 species.
Astartea – Greek – named for Astarte – the Goddess of sexual love and fertility, named by A.P DeCandolle in 1828.
Domus Nursery – Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ sales page https://www.domusnursery.com.au/plants/plant.cshtml?plant_code=astwinpi
Benara Nurseries – Astartea ‘Winter Pink’ sales page https://www.benaranurseries.com/astartea-winter-pink
Wrigley, J.W. & Fagg, M.I. (2001). Australian Native Plants – Propagation, cultivation and use in landscaping. 4th edition. New Holland Publishers, Pty. Ltd. Australia.