|1||15C+||Indoor||Grow as a houseplant or under heated glass.|
|2||10 to 15C+||Indoor / Outdoor||Grow indoors, or outdoors in summer in a sheltered spot|
|3||5 to 10C||Tender||Grow outdoors in summer, and in a heated glasshouse in winter.|
|4||1 to 5C||Tender||Grow outdoors or under glass without risk of frost.|
|5||-5 to 1C||Half-Hardy||Hardy in coastal/mild/sheltered areas. Will not tolerate hard/sudden frost. May require winter protection in situ. such as fleece or straw mulch.|
|6||-10 to -5C||Hardy||May suffer at altitude, central/northerly locations, harsh winters, cold gardens and when grown in pots.|
|7||-15 to -10C+||Hardy||Will survive most severe winters but may be at risk in central/northerly locations and in pots. Top growth may be destroyed but will usually re-grow.|
|8||-20 to -15C||Hardy||Will survive severe winter, but may need protection when grown in pots.|
|9||-20C & Colder||Very Hardy / Hardy||in the severest European climates.|
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Originating from Western Australia
A formidable and unique plant that appears to have no leaves, only smooth and rigid branches forming a dense thicket. Each new green branch is actually a leaf in terete form, meaning cylindrical, with a sharp tip – hence the common name ‘Needle Bush’. The somewhat less-than-friendly habit of the plant is offset by its charming white blooms that have an intense honey perfume that may be encountered wafting some distance from the plant itself. There is great detail to the masses of small blooms, which have slender and spidery curved stamens. They are borne directly from the older woody growth of the plant, appearing to have no stems, and are a magnet for bees and other pollinating insects. The rigid branches and evergreen leaves, sheathed in the summertime with dense clusters of flowers, form an upright shrub of great distinction, with its complex mass of foliage that is glossy, almost glistening in the sunlight.
It performs best in full sun, in poor soil with good drainage.
Height and spread after 3 – 4 years 1.5m x 1.5m
Mature height and spread after 6 – 8 years if not pruned 3m x 3m