Correa ‘Pink Pixie’
Correa alba x pulchella ‘Pink Pixie’ is a lovely Australian native shrub which reaches approximately 1m high and wide. It has attractive mid-green foliage and masses of delicate pink, bell-shaped flowers, mostly in winter and spring (it has been spot flowering in my garden since mid-March). The flowers are particularly attractive to small nectar feeding birds such as the eastern spinebill. They are also popular with pollinators including honey and native bees.
As with many correas, Correa ‘Pink Pixie’ prefers a partly shaded spot with a well-drained soil. Fertilise with organic matter and fertilisers suitable for Australian natives, such as green waste compost and Healthy Earth. C. ‘Pink Pixie’ tolerates moderate frost and short periods of hot dry weather. Give a moderate prune after flowering to maintain shape and encourage vigour.
Correa ‘Pink Pixie’ is a valuable addition to both native and exotic gardens and is equally effective as a stand-alone specimen or mass planted.