M.ciliata.JPG (52763 bytes)Micromyrtus ciliata: belongs to the Myrtaceae family and is known as the Fringed Honey-myrtle.
Micromyrtus ciliata is a dwarf to small shrub with spreading branches. Small, aromatic, dark green leaves have a conifer-like appearance.
The small flowers are pink in bud and mature from deep pink to red. What the flowers lack in size they make up for in quantity. Flowering extends from spring to summer when the branches become covered with buds and blooms. The Fringed Honey-myrtle is a double-barrelled shrub because the buds are as attractive as the flowers.
Micromyrtus ciliata is found from south-eastern New South Wales through western Victoria to south-eastern South Australia. Throughout this wide distribution the species comes in a number of forms.
Our specimens are spreading shrubs that reach a height of 70 centimetres with a spread exceeding one metre. All aspects of the plant, growth habit, foliage, buds and flowers, are eye-catching features.
Native cottage gardens and rockeries would benefit from the inclusion of Micromyrtus ciliata.
The long, arching branches have potential as filler in cut flower arrangements.
The Fringed Honey-myrtle propagates enthusiastically from cuttings.