It seems like I’ve underestimated the amount of time I need to prep for this year’s Horticulture Training Program, as I now have a backlog of Taisha’s entries to share. Here is one of them. She writes:
Darwinia fascicularis subsp. fascicularis is found on exposed sandstone ridges of shallow soil along the coast of New South Wales, Australia within 30km of the coast and up to 500m in elevation. It is one of two subspecies of Darwinia fascicularis, both of which are endemic to Australia. Darwinia fascicularis subsp. oligantha has fewer flowers, is shorter in stature, grows more inland and occurs at higher elevations.
This evergreen decumbent shrub has light green, needle-like leaves that cluster at the end of branches. Leaves are typically in a whorled arrangement, radiating from the stem likes the spokes of a bicycle wheel. The small flowers are grouped together amongst the foliage. They first bloom a creamy-white then turn bright red as they age.