Endemic to Western Australia, particularly around Perth, where it prefers light to medium soils in a sunny, open position. It can be either a shrub or small tree with short, needle-like leaves and pink flowers in spring. It looks very similar to a pine. Unlike pine needles, the leaves have sparse fine hairs.
It can get to be between 3′ and 10′, but there seems to be debate about this, with some sites claiming 2′ and Ole Lantana, where I got the seed saying 0.5M, which is less than 2′.
Flowers form on one side of the stem and it is the fruits that give it the common name of mouse ears. Mine have yet to bloom, so I will have to wait and see them in person.
New growth has lots of yellow and red, and the red persists on needle tips for quite some time.
Pronunciation: kal-oh-THAM-nus rue-PES-tris
Species Meaning: referring to rocks
Calothamnus rupestris is native to Western Australia.
It is both drought and frost resistant and considered very hardy.
1/9/20 Sown 3 pots. Liberal seeding
2/4/20 1st germ
4/21/20 Perhaps need potting up. Seem stuck.
Can also be propagated from cuttings and will flowers quicker.
In Our Garden
Plant ID: P20146 | Seed ID: S2015
We acquired this plant from Ole Lantana Seed.