Astroloma foliosum

Astroloma foliosum

Small dense, erect shrub that grows to about 3 feet tall and wide. It has conifer-like foliage in tight clusters. Red and yellow tubular flowers, with a black band between the colors, emerge from the foliage from autumn to spring.

Pronunciation: ass-troh-LOH-muh fo-lee-OH-sum

Species Meaning: Leafy

Astroloma foliosum is native to Western Australia.

Cultivation Notes

Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position or partial shade partial shade. Drought tolerant.

Propagation Notes

2/16/21 2 pots. One with larger cuttings, the other small. Larger pot has 4 cuttings, 2 treated with Clonex and 2 with Hormodin 3. The 9 smaller cuttings had 4 with Clonex and 5 with Hormodin 3.

Unfortunately I did not have success with any of them. If anyone had any advise for getting these to root, I would love to hear it.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: C2109

Found in Greenhouse,

Cuttings on heat and mist.

Family: Ericaceae

Genus: Astroloma

Species: foliosum

Commonly known as: Candle Cranberry

Height: <3ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Part Sun
Soil Type:
Season of Interest:
  • christine doud

    I left you a note on astroloma foliosum asking for a source if you had one. And then i came across this and found you have tried to root it.

    I tried rooting things with hormones and actually have had better luck with simply shoving them in the ground and waiting. The cuttings I’m talking of are woody. It’s taken a year plus for metrosideras. I’m able to leave them Outside ( we barely get frost).

    So I’m wondering where you got your original plant. Thanks.

    1. gardener

      My cuttings came from plants grown from seed that were acquired from Australia. I have been looking for a seed source myself but with no luck. Other Astrolomas are available, but right now with the export restrictions from Australia, only one supplier is willing to export and they have Astroloma serratifolium, which I will try.

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