Saturday, October 16, 2010

Callistemon 'Mary Mackillop'

Mary Mackillop will become Australia's first Saint at a ceremony at the Vatican in Rome tomorrow. This cardinal red bottlebrush was named in her honour and was introduced by Bill Molyneux of Austraflora Nursery in Victoria. It is a hybrid between Callistemon viminalis 'Hannah Ray' and Callistemon citrinus 'Splendens'. A percentage from the sale of this plant goes to continue the work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph which was founded by Mary to help disadvantaged people in the community. All the bottlebrush plants are just loving the excessive rainfall we have been experiencing.

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