On Feb 1, 2013, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:
I've been wanting to add this shrub to my garden for a long time but the prices were so high, I just couldn't see forking out $25+ for a 2-3 gal. pot. I finally found 2 at bargain prices and planted them in full sun. I had read that they were drought tolerant but mine are very thirsty plants. Lucky for me, they are what I call "good communicators", meaning, they droop when thirsty, thus giving me a chance to correct the situation. Planted Fall 2012, I have been watering by rain or hose every couple of days to keep this plant happy. It could be that plenty of moisture is required in the begining while it gets established; time will tell. It is for sure a much misunderstood plant in my area as I see some spectacular specimens in some gardens and some quite pitiful ones as well. 2012 is proving to be a very mild winter so there is no foliage damage whatsoever. I am glad I was able to add this plant to my garden.
PS: Years ago I had spent good money in one plant, which quickly died. Thinking that is was low water, I believe it died due to insufficient moisture . After that experience, I was unwilling to spend so much money on a plant I didn't know how to care for. Hopefully, I've learned how to keep it happy.
On Sep 19, 2012, marasri from Dripping Springs, TX wrote:
I found Average Gardener's comment very helpful in deciding where to place my plant. I gamble with cold hardiness and am willing to accept some dieback on cold winters. I am 30 miles west of Austin and Central Austin is FULL of viable lush examples of this plant. It is on the a marginal range and this means that placement by a thermal mass in sun on fast draining soil will be preferable over clay in the open. I also know from reading where people are having a problem with this plant that this plant is a gamble for me. I find the negativity and self centeredness that Fire in Motion displayed very distateful. This person was not saying it was a bad plant for everyone, but was communicating to others in a similar situation that , yes, there are difficulties in growing it so take precautions. I also have heard that alkalinity is a problem., so I guess I will use some ground sulfur and think about warm micro climates.
On Apr 26, 2011, Fires_in_motion from Vacherie, LA (Zone 9a) wrote:
You have to love some of the boneheaded comments / "reviews" of this plant...
"AverageGardener from Georgetown, TX wrote:
We are 40 miles north of Austin, TX..." Uh, I think that could be your problem, buddy. Way to live up to your username. And then he goes on to give it a negative rating even though he is trying to grow it almost two zones out of its comfort zone. I really wish there was a way to vote up or down on reviews, or to have certain dumb ones deleted, because this plant's overall rating should not be dragged down by armchair gardeners.
Okay, now I guess I have to put in my own two cents on this plant: An adorable little border filler that almost resembles a succulent due to its small, bluish ovate leaves. Grow it IN ITS DESIRED ZONE/CLIMATE and you'll be just pleased as punch with it, and so will your local bee & hummingbird populations. Mine did fine in a black plastic pot in 90-100º temperatures for 4 months before I finally planted it in Aug. 2011. Not the least bit of leaf browning or wilting under all that heat stress.
On Mar 27, 2011, donnacreation from Sumter, SC (Zone 8a) wrote:
I've tried this growing this bottlebrush for several years with no sucess. In my zone 8a backyard, it dies all the way to base, even with protection. It may be viable in a desert zone 8, but not in the interior SE.
On Mar 26, 2010, tropicdude from Aledo, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I bought this plant last spring. It had beautiful blue-green foliage. This winter I left it in the ground and infrequently covered it. All of its leaves turned brown. It got down to twelve degrees this winter but it is surprisingly coming back now, from the bottom of the stem.
On Mar 14, 2010, thebestmissy from Fort Worth, TX (Zone 8a) wrote:
I'm still waiting to see if my plant is going to come back. We did have one of the coldest, snowiest winters on record in this area also. No signs of life yet. I hope it comes back. UPDATE: I HAVE TRIED THIS PLANT TWICE, BUT IT DOESN'T SEEM TO LIKE OUR CLIMATE.
On Mar 1, 2010, AverageGardener from Georgetown, TX wrote:
We are 40 miles north of Austin, TX, and had a very cold winter. Night temperatures were in the teens for a number of days. Our dwarf bottlebrushes turned brown. The stems break with no green showing. Advice ranges from they are dead to cut them back to the main branches. Does anyone know if they will come back?
On Apr 17, 2008, marino760 from Victorville, CA wrote:
This plant is indeed more cold tolerant than zone 9. It has survived temperatures into the mid to low teens for several nights in a row here in the high desert of Southern California. The plant did loose it's leaves but came back in the spring looking better than ever.
On Feb 6, 2008, htop from San Antonio, TX (Zone 8b) wrote:
Although the plant tags and websites state that this plant is not hardy in Zone 8b, I have observed several of them growing in my area which is the colder portion of 8b for the past 3 years or more. Also, my neighbor across the street bought 3 last year after I had shown him the other plants. We have experienced temperatures in the middle 20s (nights and early mornings) each winter as well as an ice storm. The plants have not suffered any damage; however in the past, we have had colder winters. I had been hesitant to purchase any because they are expensive and I did not want to waste my money if they can't handle the cold weather here. I examined the plants I have been watching and they are fine. So, today I bought 3 one gallon-size plants. I sure hope that I did not make a mistake. 'Little John' is a beautiful plant even when not in bloom.
On Aug 25, 2004, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:
This shrub is also attractive to hummingbirds. It is a native of Australia. It prefers warm and humid environments. Prune in autumn after flowering. The pollen of this shrub can pose allergen problems for folks who are sensitive.
On Aug 19, 2004, palmbob from Tarzana, CA (Zone 9b) wrote:
Great small shrub excellent for landscaping (and pretty commonly used in southern California)- has flowers much of the warmer parts of the year- seems to have a flowering burst in the spring, and then later summer. Profuse flowers of dark red. and densely foliated.
This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:
, Bullhead City, Arizona Goodyear, Arizona Green Valley, Arizona Maricopa, Arizona Peoria, Arizona Phoenix, Arizona Picture Rocks, Arizona Queen Creek, Arizona Scottsdale, Arizona Sun Lakes, Arizona Aliso Viejo, California Concord, California Fairfield, California Knights Landing, California Martinez, California Mountain View Acres, California Oildale, California San Clemente, California San Francisco, California San Jose, California Stockton, California Wildomar, California Atlantis, Florida Delray Beach, Florida Macgregor, Florida Wellborn, Florida Isle Of Hope, Georgia Baton Rouge, Louisiana Eden Isle, Louisiana New Orleans, Louisiana North Vacherie, Louisiana Las Vegas, Nevada Conway, South Carolina Cockrell Hill, Texas College Station, Texas Elgin, Texas Galveston, Texas Greatwood, Texas Hideaway, Texas High Island, Texas Houston, Texas Huntsville, Texas Katy, Texas Kyle, Texas Lasana, Texas League City, Texas Lockhart, Texas Mont Belvieu, Texas Pecan Grove, Texas San Antonio, Texas Serenada, Texas Spring, Texas Bremerton, Washington