Eriostemon myoporoides (Philotheca myoporoides): is a member of the Rutaceae family and is known as the Wax Flower. There has been a revision of the genus and most Eriostemon species are now known as Philotheca. We have maintained the old name as well as the new because many nurseries still label plants as Eriostemon.
Eriostemon (Philotheca) myoporoides is a variable shrub that usually forms a mounded plant that may reach a height of two metres.
Leaves are usually oblong to broad-obovate, leathery, 2-12 centimetres long, aromatic and covered in oil glands.
Buds are pink opening to white, five-petalled flowers, 2.5 centimetres across and carried in clusters of from two to eight. Flowering occurs between April and December and the blooms are prolific and conspicuous.
The species is extremely variable. There are a number of subspecies and cultivars. The Wax Flower occurs in Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria and was introduced into England in 1824.
Eriostemon (Philotheca) myoporoides is a very hardy, colourful shrub that could be cultivated as a foreground plant in native garden beds.
Light pruning is appreciated after flowering.
Propagation is from cuttings. We have found this species difficult to propagate. We are now preparing cuttings without the addition of hormone gel to the base.