Bought as tubestock at Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016
Planted at the base of a birdbath by the back tap. The little birds – fairy wrens, brown honeyeaters and willy wagtails, perch on the bottle tree, take a dip, then back up to dry.
The purple-flowered Orthosiphon aristatus doesn’t seem as hardy as the white with purple tips.
Wikipedia – orthosiphon aristatus
Herb Cottage – Cat’s Whiskers says to cut back after flowering. Cuttings may root in water or soil.
- Round bushy, shrub to 1m in sun or semi-shade. Likes well drained, moist soil.
- Dark green leaves to 5cm long. White/lavender flowers in spring and summer.
- Attracts birds, bees and butterflies.
Benefits from a good pruning. There are now many of these around the garden and on the verge – some from cuttings, some self-seeded.