A fantastic, scented butterfly plant - Grower #65 Wendy Clark-Hackett

1 Mar 2021 9:15 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)


Pavetta australiensis - Butterfly Bush


A tall shrub, usually to 3-4m but can grow taller in ideal conditions. Great understory plant for part shade to light dappled shade. It needs regular watering while establishing and will tolerate dry periods when mature. However if it is a prolonged dry period it will drop a majority of its leaves.

Clusters of perfumed white flowers appear spring and early summer, but can also be triggered by late summer and autumn rains. The flowers are attractive to several species of butterflies as a source of nectar. These are followed by small round black fruits which are attractive to a variety of birds.

Pavetta will take to some pruning and has potential as an ornamental, informal hedge.

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