Bauera rubioides: is a member of the Baueraceae family and is known as the Dog Rose. The name refers to the small, rose-like flowers. The resemblance is purely coincidental as this species is not related to exotic roses.
Bauera rubioides is a compact shrub that may reach a height of 1.5 metres with a width of 2 metres. Judicious pruning will keep plants to a dense, more manageable size.
The attractive leaves are bright green, trifoliate and about one centimetre long. The pink, single, rose-like flowers are carried throughout the year and are about one centimetre wide. There are blooming flushes in spring and summer. There is also a white-flowered form.
Bauera rubioides prefers a site with dappled shade and will cope with moist to well-drained soils. Thick mulch around plants is appreciated.
Bauera rubioides is widely distributed and is found on the coast and ranges of New South Wales, especially around Sydney and the Blue Mountains. The Dog Rose also occurs in Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia. We have observed the Dog Rose growing in Gibraltar Range National Park on the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.
In nature, Bauera rubioides usually grows in moist and often shaded situations.
Bauera rubioides is an attractive shrub with attractive foliage and eye-catching flowers. Plants are seldom without blooms.
Propagate from cuttings.