The bottle brush plant, or Callistemon, is a type of flowering shrub. Native to Australia, the shrub is now grown throughout Canada and the United States as both an indoor or outdoor plant. The shrub is popular for ornamental purposes thanks to its red brush-like flowers.
Given enough light, the Bottle Brush Plant will produce upright flower spikes in spring and summer.
It doesn’t actually have petals. Each “bottle brush” flower is made up of bright-red stamens with yellow tips, clustered on flower spikes up to 4 in (10 cm) long. At the top of each fuzzy spike is a tuft of leaves.
Each woody stem is covered top to bottom with long, narrow leaves. The dark-green leaves are pointed at the tips and grow upward, giving this captivating plant a lean, elegant look. They have a fragrant, lemony scent, giving this plant another common name: Lemon Bottlebrush.
An Aussie native, this evergreen shrub will do best with bright sun, warm temperatures and dry air. Give it good care, and it will become a fairly large shrub. However, regular pruning will keep it compact. Dwarf bottle brush plants are available, if you want a smaller house plant.
This image was captured during a recent outing with my CNPA friends.
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