D.citriodora.JPG (48550 bytes)Darwinia citriodora: is a member of the Myrtaceae family and is a native of Western Australia . Its common name is Lemon-scented Myrtle and refers to the perfume when the semi-triangular leaves are crushed. The foliage develops a reddish colour in autumn.
Darwinia citriodora is a small spreading shrub that reaches a height of one metre. Tubular flowers are initially white then age to red. The flowers are usually carried in clusters of four. They attract honeyeaters. Spring and summer are the flowering periods.
Australia is home to at least 60 species of Darwinia. Of these, about 50 are native to Western Australia . The Lemon-scented Myrtle is the most reliable western species. We have a number of specimens that are at least eight years old and have proved to be drought tolerant and frost resistant.
Both foliage and flowers are attractive features. Lightly prune, after flowering to keep plants bushy and blooming bounteously.
Well drained sites, in full sun or partial shade are appreciated.
Darwinia citriodora propagates rapidly from cuttings.
We have recently purchased a ground covering form (February 2005) that appears to be as hardy as the upright form.
The genus name commemorates Dr. Erasmus Darwin, 1731-1802, grandfather of Charles Darwin.