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Verticordia plumosa, Plumed Featherflower

Verticordia plumosa is a member of the Myrtaceae family and there are about 100 species in the genus. 

With the exception of a few species, found in northern Western Australia and the Northern Territory, the lion’s share, of Verticordias occur in the south-west of Western Australia. Their common name is Featherflowers.

Verticordias are not happy growing in our cold climate garden. Of all the species we have tried, Verticordia plumosa is the only one to have taken kindly to our chilly environment.

Verticordia plumosa, the Plumed Featherflower, develops into a rounded shrub reaching a height of 50 centimetres with a similar spread. 

Leaves are small, terete (circular in cross-section) and grey-green. In spring, plants produce pink, feathery flowers in dense terminal clusters. Plants appreciate light pruning as the flowers fade. 

We have a specimen that is at least ten years old and is still blooming bounteously.

Some years ago, on a visit to Western Australia, we observed that V. plumosa was the most common Featherflower in many bushland areas.

The genus name refers the beauty of the flowers and plumosa means feathery, plumed.

Propagation from cuttings is rapid and satisfying.

Warren and Gloria Sheather

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