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Thursday, 21 February 2013


Crowea exalata, or Small Crowea, is a flowering plant in the family Rutaceae, which is native to the states of Queensland, New South Wales and Victoria in Australia. It is a small shrub growing to 1 metre tall. It is named after James Crowe, an 18th-19th century surgeon and botanist. The specific name exalata means without wings, referring to the lack of ridges on the stems - this is not a definitive characteristic.

This species flowers during most months of the year, resting only in extremes of heat and cold, and with flushes in autumn and spring. Pointed buds open to five-petalled starry flowers 2 cm across, in clear tints of rose purple. They are of a solid waxy substance, and make a vivid display for the size of the plant. Before falling they close again to look like buds of deeper pink. Propagation by cuttings is easy using tip growth (which is very soft in character), at a half-ripe stage.

Nurseries dealing in native plants usually stock this small shrub and it should be planted in light, lime-free soil. A position with some shade is desirable - otherwise the soil should be shaded in some way from hot sun. This may be done by surrounding the plant with 5-10 cm of leaves, bush litter or compost. Rocks make an attractive setting, and in fact this is a beautiful rockery subject. Pruning should be done to maintain bushy growth, or a straggly plant with bare stems may develop. The end of winter is a good time to do this - or any time when sprigs of cut flowers are wanted, as these are dainty and long-lasting in water.

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  1. Glad to be back have another beautiful flower that is new to me...thank you for it and for hosting.

  2. I'm back on track....thanks for hosting this great challenge! Have a good day!

  3. Beautiful flower. I love the colour.

  4. Quite beautiful.
    Thanks for hosting this lovely meme.

  5. Wonderful macro, love color and details ♥
    Wish you a nice weekend,

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  6. Very lovely flower indded!!
    Every time you show one of your beautiful flowers
    I wonder if I can grow it in my garden.
    But again the flower is not suited for our climate.
    I believe it is also called Waxflower
    and it is used here in flower arrangements.
    - Cheers Gisela.