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Adenanthos

Proteaceae
Evergreen, Shrubs

Australian natives valued for their unusual foliage and flowers. Kinds with furry, silvery, finely divided leaves are called woollybushes, and the rest are called jugflowers (their colorful, winter-to-spring blossoms are shaped like long-necked urns). Stems and blooms are long-lasting in arrangements.

Like other members of the protea clan, these plants grow best with excellent drainage, good air circulation, and light feeding with nitrogen (fertilizers containing phosphorus will kill them).

Adenanthos cuneatus ‘Coral Drift’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)
Adenanthos cuneatus ‘Coral Drift’ (photo courtesy of San Marcos Growers)

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Adenanthos cuneatus

This erect, spreading shrub grows to 3–5 ft. high and a bit wider. Silvery leaves are wedge-shaped, with prominently scalloped tips. New growth is red and somewhat translucent, giving it an appealing glow. Flowers are dark pink to dull red. ‘Coral Drift’ is compact, with bright pink new foliage.

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