Lambertia.JPG (16941 bytes)Lambertia formosa is known as the Mountain Devil because of the shape of the horned, two-seeded fruit. The Mountain Devil is a member of the Proteaceae family. There are 11 species in the genus with all but one confined to the south west of Western Australia.  Lambertia formosa is restricted to NSW and is found in coastal areas and the Central and Southern Tablelands. In many heath and dry sclerophyll forest communities Lambertia formosa is the dominant shrub. The Mountain Devil will reach a height of two metres and has narrow leaves with sharp points. Red flowers are produced terminally, usually in groups of seven. Flowers are rich in nectar and attract honeyeaters and parrots. Peak flowering time is spring and summer with sporadic flowering at other times. Colourful bracts frame the flowers.

We have a plant that is about five years old. Flowering commenced when the plant was four years old. Well-drained sites in either full sun or partial shade suit this handsome plant. Propagate from seeds or cuttings. There is reputed to be a low compact form, which grows on coastal headlands. This compact form would make an interesting addition to a large rockery or native cottage garden.