My Sweet Sixteen Waxflower

Chamelaucium uncinatum 'My Sweet Sixteen'

A durable, drought-tolerant, sun-loving Australian native with graceful, upright branching and fine but dense, needle-like, lightly aromatic green foliage. Small spring flowers open white and age to rosy-red. Adds vivid color to a low-water garden. The loose, airy sprays of waxy flowers are prized by florists for long-lasting color in cut flower arrangements. Evergreen.
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Water when soil is completely dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationkam-ay-LAU-see-um un-sin-AH-tum
Average Size at MaturityReaches 5 to 6 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleMediterranean, Xeric
Growth HabitRounded
Landscape UseBorder, Mass Planting, Cutting Garden, Coastal Exposure, Urban Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Special FeatureEasy Care, Tolerates Poor Soils, Waterwise, Year-round Interest, Heat Loving
Water NeedsLow
Watering NeedsWater when soil is completely dry.
Companion PlantsNew Zealand Flax (Phormium); Kohuhu (Pittosporum); Bottlebrush (Callistemon); Rice Flower (Ozothamnus); Hopseed Bush (Dodonaea); Lantana (Lantana)

Requires loose, sandy, well-drained soil; avoid heavy clay and soggy soils. Once established needs only occasional water, however, flowers best with supplemental water in spring in absence of rainfall; reduce frequency in summer. Fertilize sparingly. Prune back by 1/3 after bloom period to promote dense, bushy growth and optimal flowering.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 9-11

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