Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Hakea laurina, Pin-cushion Hakea

Hakea laurina 
 Pin-cushion Hakea
This handsome Western Australian shrub should be more widely grown but has been branded as difficult to grow because it allegedly likes sandy free draining soil and a climate with low humidity. Admittedly it can be a bit of a straggly shrub and needs to be kept well tip pruned to keep it in shape but any lack of compact habit is made up for by the extraordinary flowers. Usually it reaches about 2 metres in height and the main flowering time is winter /spring but odd flowers are produced throughout the year. Have planted it in clay soil with no loss of vigor or adverse reaction.
2017 update: This was a feature plant in my previous garden. I no longer have a plant of it. It is usually available from specialist native plant nurseries and is highly recommended.

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