Why is this Australian fuchsia my favorite this week? Because of those great little buds, I think it might be fixing to bloom...
Funny how the words “Frost hardy at least into the mid to upper teens” sound completely different in the springtime, when summer is in the future and winter is so far away it’s not even a consideration. Read those same words in late August and it doesn’t sound like such a sure thing. I'm second guessing my decision to put it in the ground, which I did last May when I removed a strip of lawn...
It's grown a lot since then, as has the Euphorbia polychroma (and everything else in the area).
That mention of the mid to upper-teens comes from the Cistus Nursery description: "One of the largest and most frost hardy of the Australian fuschias, this 4-5' pyramidal shrub has dusty green, felted leaves replete with creamy pale undersides and is adorned with creamy flowers, ever so slightly blushed pink, from mid fall to mid spring. Frost hardy at least into the mid to upper teens °F, if not prolonged. It has been one of the most rewarding species in our garden where temperatures occasionally take a dive. All Correas make wonderful container specimens or front-porch plants that can be brought inside temporarily if temperatures plummet. Frost hardy to the bottom end of USDA zone 8."
And then there's this, from the Wiki: “Correa backhouseana is a species of flowering plant in the family Rutaceae. It is a coastal shrub, endemic to southern Australia. It grows up to 2 metres (6 ft 7 in) in height. The ovate leaves are up to 3 cm long and 2 cm wide and are glossy dark green on top and pale grey underneath. The drooping, tubular flowers are pale yellow-green to white in colour. The species was first formally described in 1834 by botanist William Jackson Hooker in The Journal of Botany. The type specimen was collected by English botanist and missionary James Backhouse at Cape Grim in Tasmania in 1833.”
Have you grown Correa backhouseana? I'd love to hear about your experiences if you have. Oh and next Friday (the last Friday of the month) is the wrap-up for any and all of your garden favorites for the month of August. Please come back then and share links/comments about plants that were the stars of your garden in the hot month of August!
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