Australian Native Plants

  Callistemon rugulosus (Scarlet Bottlebrush)

Callistemon rugulosus photo
Callistemon rugulosus flower

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Callistemon rugulosus seed capsules

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Growth Characteristics information is sourced from: State Flora Catalog, Government of South Australia Licensed under Creative Commons CC BY 4.0 license.


distribution map showing range of Callistemon rugulosus in Australia

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Common Name
Scarlet Bottlebrush

Scarlet Bottlebrush is a shrub growing to about 4 m tall. The rigid leaves are flat and narrow growing about 5 cm long and 7 mm wide, with a sharp point. The flowers are crimson or purple with yellow tips produced in bottlebrush spikes. The spikes are about 8 cm long and 4 cm to 6 cm in diameter. Flowering is from late spring to autumn, mainly in November to December. The fruit are woody capsules about 5 mm to 6 mm long. The plant is also known as Melaleuca rugulosa.

shrubland, woodland, forest near swamps and watercourses

Scarlet Bottlebrush is found in south east of South Australia and western Victoria.

Growth Characteristics
Height (m): 2 - 4
Spread (m): 2 - 4
Soil Texture: sand, loam, clay, limestone
Soil pH: acid soils, neutral soils, alkaliine soils
Frost Sensitivity: resistant
Minimum Rainfall (mm): 400
Flower Colour: red
Flower Season: summer

(source: SA State Flora Catalog)


Wildlife Interest
attracts birds, source of nectar

Common Name:Scarlet Bottlebrush

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