Melaleuca pulchella

Claw Honey-myrtle

Family: Myrtaceae

Melaleuca pulchella, Claw Honey-myrtle, is a small shrub with a spread of 1.5 metres.

The branches are pendulous and spill onto the ground. Small leaves are light green and oval to oblong in shape.

Mauve flowers are carried in clusters with their staminal bundles curling inwards similar in appearance to a claw (hence the common name). Individual flowers are said to be the largest in the genus. Spring to early summer is the flowering period.

The Claw Honey-myrtle is found on the south coast of Western Australia.

In the garden

Melaleuca pulchella would be at home in cottage gardens, rockeries or as a foreground plant in garden beds. It has proved to be hardy and free flowering. 

Propagation

Propagate from seed or cuttings.

Other information

The species name means beautiful and of course refers to the flowers.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather