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Callistemon Inferno


Unusual bottlebrush-like flowers

This Bottlebrush will add a touch of the Australian Outback to your garden. Spectacular, spiky red flowers appear in spring and early summer - a real stunner.


Grow this beauty in well drained soil and plenty of sun to stop it feeling homesick. The leathery, evergreen leaves are narrow and pointed making it ideal for coastal gardens and drought conditions once your plant is established. 'Inferno' is also happy in a big container.


Plant in free draining soil and use loam based compost for container growing. Choose a sheltered site or move containers under cover for the winter in colder areas of the country. Cut back straggly growths after flowering if required to keep the plants in shape.

This bushy shrub is native to Australia and appreciates a mildly acid soil.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental shrub
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available April - September
Season of interest Spring, Summer, Autumn
Flowering April - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 330 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 155 cm - 200 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Part shade, Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Patio container, City garden, Courtyard garden, Mediterranean garden, Garden edging

Typically available

From April to September