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Philotheca myoporoides


Long-leafed Wax Flower

Fast growing with star shaped white flowers

This hardy shrub has pale white star-shaped flowers which grow in large clusters. Native to South-eastern Australia the foliage is dark green, and waxy in appearance, and can grow up to 5 inches per year.


Prefers a well-drained position in light shade. Established plants tolerate both dry periods and moderate frost.


Performs best in well-drained soil where it forms a discrete mound shape with little need for pruning.

Previously known as Eriostemon. The long-leaf wax flower belongs to the larger family group of plants called Rutaceae to which also includes citrus fruits like orange, grapefruit, key lime, and lemon.

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 May - June
Evergreen Yes
Plant height 250 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 205 cm - 250 cm
Fragrant flowers Yes
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 110 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H5

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
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, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Coastal or drought resistant, City garden, Courtyard garden, Flower border and beds

Typically available

From April to September