Artanema fimbriatum Koala Bells
Many plants are too large for most suburban gardens but if one looks around there are many small gems that will fit. Artanema fimbriatum, which is also known as ‘Koala Bells’ is a local plant that is suitable for growing in the ground or in a pot. The plants grow to about 500mm in height; have soft green leaves and 30mm long bell-like flowers which are usually blue but there are also pink forms.
Because they occur in moist environments they grow best in semi-shaded, moist sites, but due to their small size they are very easy to grow in containers, where they are usually smaller and have the advantage of being conveniently placed where you want them.
After a flowering flush they can be pruned back so that you and the Blue-banded Bees can enjoy them from spring to autumn.
To purchase a few of these little gems visit the NPQ members stall Grower #22 while you meander around the Autumn Plants Market. Here you will find other similar species.
For low-priced native plants and expert advice come along to our Autumn Native Plants Market on Saturday 24 April, 9am-3pm in Samford Valley, Brisbane. We'll be at 'The Barn', 38 Showgrounds Drive, Highvale.
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