Thryptomene calycina

Grampian’s Thryptomene, Grampian’s Heath-myrtle

Family: Myrtaceae

Thryptomene calycina is known as the Grampian’s Thryptomene or Grampian’s Heath-myrtle.

Thryptomene calycina is a small to medium, rather bushy shrub. The small, oblong leaves are 1.5 centimetres long, 0.5 centimetres wide, deep green, aromatic and tightly clustered along the stems.

Flowers are 0.5 centimetres across, white and carried in the leaf bases at the tops of stems. Blooms are conspicuous, profuse and appear from winter to spring. Pruning after flowers fade will maintain a bushy shape and prolong the life of the plant.

Thryptomene calycina is a Victorian and South Australian species and is found in the Grampians National Park in western Victoria.

 

 

In the garden

Thryptomene calycina is a delightful shrub that has coped satisfactorily with droughts and frosts in our cold climate garden.

The Grampian’s Thryptomene is popular as a cut flower and would be an attractive addition to a native garden bed.

Propagation

Propagate from cuttings.

Other information

The species name refers to the prominent calyx of the flower.

 

By Warren and Gloria Sheather