|Neutral ||macybee ||On Nov 15, 2007, macybee from Deer Park, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
ISOPOGON - Drumsticks
With around 30 species of evergreen shrubs from Australia, this genus is admired for its attractive light green foliage which, though frequently dissected and ferny in apppearance, is hard and prickly - like that of many Australian shrubs - and their globular heads of fragrant white, cream or pink flowers borne in spring or summer. Plants of quiet charm, they are somewhat overshadowed by their more spectacular relatives the grevilleas and banksias, and even in their native land are not widely grown. The flowers are followed by woody, knob-like fruiting heads resembling small pine cones or drumsticks - hence the common name. These may persist on the bare, straight stems after both flowers and leaves have died.
Marginally frost hardy, they need a sunny spot and well-drained soil, and a dry-summer climate. Water freely during dry periods. Propagate from ripe seed in winter or from cuttings in late summer and fall.
ISOPOGON FOMOSUS - Rose Cone Flower
Native to southern parts of Western Australia, this is quite a variable species. It usually makes a bushy shrub up to 5' in height and spread. Its dark green, much-divided foliage is stiff and prickly. The heads of dainty rose-pink flowers are about 2" across and usually borne in spring.