Isopogon formosus growing at UCSC Arboretum

Isopogon formosus

An upright evergreen shrub that grows up to 6′ tall and 4′ wide. Crowded along the stem, the dark green divided leaves are 1 to 2 inches long with rounded segments and sharp tips and look a bit like tiny green deer antlers – new growth is somewhat reddish and slightly hairy. Rounded heads of showy, purplish-pink flowers with yellow styles cluster at the terminal ends of branches during the late winter and spring with oval cones produced after bloom. May not have too many blooms.

Isopogon formosus is generally found growing close to the coast.

Pronunciation: eye-soh-POH-gon for-MOH-sus

Species Meaning: means beautiful

Isopogon formosus is native to Australia.


  • Isopogon formosus growing at UCSC Arboretum
    Isopogon formosus growing at UCSC Arboretum

Cultivation Notes

Best in full sun in a well-drained soil with only occasional irrigation. It is a drought tolerant plant but also sensitive to phosphorus so be careful about fertilizing this plant. Hardy to about 20 degrees F. Light pruning can improve shape of plant but be careful not to prune into hard wood as hard stems are not likely to resprout. This plant is not often browsed by deer.

In Our Garden

Plant ID: P21035

Found in Pots,

Waiting to find its forever home in the garden.

We acquired this plant from UCSC - Norries.

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Family: Proteaceae

Genus: Isopogon

Species: formosus

Height: 5ft to 10ft

Spread: 3ft to 5ft

Growth Habit:
Sun Needs:
Full Sun
Soil Type:
Nutrient Poor Soil
Season of Interest:
Zn9a - down to 20F

Resistant to Deer.

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