Isopogon.JPG (21870 bytes)Isopogon anemonifolius: Isopogons are members of the Proteaceae family in company with Banksias, Grevilleas and Hakeas. Isopogons are known as Drumsticks because of the shape of the grey fruiting cones. Isopogon anemonifolius is an upright, medium shrub with numerous branches arising from a thickened root mass or lignotuber. The leaves are typical of the Proteaceae family and are deeply divided with long, flattened segments. In spring and summer each branch is crowned by globular, bright yellow flower heads. The flowers, of this species, light up the bush in the warmer months.   Isopogon anemonifolius does the same in the garden. Try planting a few plants close together to form a “specimen clump” or include some specimens in a shrubbery or native hedgerow. The flowers are long lasting and could be used in cut flower arrangements. There is a dwarf form known as    this form could be cultivated in rockeries or native cottage gardens.
Isopogon anemonifolius is a widespread species and occurs in Queensland and along the Coast and Tablelands of New South Wales.
There are about 35 Isopogon species with the lion’s share occurring in Western Australia. Some of these Western species are very colourful plants with great horticultural potential.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.