Melaleuca incana

Grey Honey-myrtle

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca incana comes from Western Australia and is one of at least 110 species native to that state. Only a few of these species are in general cultivation. Many Western Australian melaleucas are very attractive plants. There is scope for experimentation to test the suitability of these virtually unknown species in cultivation.

Melaleuca incana is a species common in cultivation. Known as the Grey Honey-myrtle, this medium shrub has soft, weeping, grey-green foliage. Small bottlebrush-shaped, yellowish-green flowers appear en masse in spring. Melaleuca incana is a triple-headed plant because the growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features.

In the garden

We have many specimens growing in our cold climate garden and the species is popular in other New England (NSW) gardens.

Melaleuca ‘Velvet Cushion’ is a beautiful dwarf cultivar.

Propagation

Melaleuca incana propagates readily from cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather