Adenanthos cunninghamii – Prostrate Woolly Bush.
Adenanthos x cunninghamii was originally named as a separate species, but following genetic analysis is now recognised as a natural hybrid between Adenanthos sericeus and Adenanthos cuneatus.
Evergreen and with a spreading growth habit, this woolly bush flowers for a long period during spring with small red or pink flowers. This medium shrub grows 1-1.5 m in height and 1-2 m wide, and when in flower provides food for bees, insects and nectar loving birds.
It is endemic to Western Australia and grows well in areas with deep, sandy soils in low woodland, heath or low scrub. The common name of woolly bush derives from the silky soft foliage, which is a highly attractive smoky, grey green
- Water Adenanthos x cunninghamii until established, after which it is generally drought resistant and can tolerate temperatures up to the low 40s for short periods. May need supplementary watering in long periods of dry weather.
- Grows well in sunny and part shade exposure and is highly bird attracting.
- Fertilise with a native slow release fertiliser.
- Adenanthos x cunninghamii is suitable for planting as a low screen