Natural Distribution: Grows locally in the Perth region
Adenanthos cygnorum (CC BY-NC 4.0) Graham Zemunik
Adenanthos cygnorum (CC BY 4.0) Samuel Brown
‘New Holland Honeyeater (C)Doug Castle 2016 birdlifephotography.org.au’
Growing at a Glance
See Growing Guide for more detail
Position: Adaptable to sunny and light-shade positions
Watering: A waterwise, drought-hardy plant.
Feeding: Fertiliser not required.
Pruning: Tip pruning a couple of times a year.
Common Woollybush is versatile, enjoying a range of positions. Suitable for denser plantings and will perform well in full sun or light shade.
Common Woollybush is ideally placed at the back of your garden bed.
When to Plant and Watering
Excellent screening plant. Plant young seedlings in Djeran (mid-Autumn) prior to the Makuru rains (Winter). Avoid planting in the hottest times of the year.
Seedlings should be watered twice a week over their first summer in the garden. It is important to ensure water penetrates down into the root-zone.
We recommend using a soil wetting agent as Perth soils are often ‘water repellent’, or do not absorb water effectively.
A layer of composted, coarse mulch can help in getting your garden started. It will help by reducing water loss and suppressing the growth of weeds.
Common Woollybush are waterwise, drought-hardy plants and do not require supplementary water once established.
Common Woollybush should be grouped with other waterwise, drought-hardy plants.
Feeding and Soil Care
Common Woollybush don’t need fertiliser because they are adapted to grow in our local soils, which are typically low in nutrients.
Plants will benefit from adding some vegetable-based compost (avoid those with manure) into the soil at planting.
As your garden develops, practice ‘cut and drop’ when you prune your plants. The leaf and branch material that falls to the ground slowly breaks down over time, releasing nutrients to help your garden to grow.
How to Prune
Common Woollybush can be maintained to their desired shape with regular tip-pruning.
Pluck the top couple of centimetres of the plant’s growing tips by hand once or twice a year.
If necessary use pruning shears, but avoid cutting down to the hard woody stems.
This provides habitat for Invertebrates, Birds, Reptiles, and Mammals