In Flower this Week:
Correa pulchella ‘Little Cate’
(11 June 2015)
This lovely small growing variety of Native Fuchsia is a must-have in Canberra gardens, not least because of its extended flowering period when the landscape is otherwise tired and cold. The delightful bright pink bell-shaped flowers of Correa pulchella ‘Little Cate’ are proudly displayed for our viewing convenience, unlike some species of this versatile native whose flowers are obscured by their foliage.
C. pulchella ‘Little Cate’ grows well in sunny to half shade positions and is tolerant of dry conditions once established. Its low growing and spreading habit of approximately 60cm x 1m lends itself beautifully to foreground plantings, mass plantings, and creating areas of ‘space’ in home gardens. I have found C. pulchella ‘Little Cate’ to be more tolerant to sun and less-than-ideal soil conditions than some of the other species available on the market.
Lastly, and most significantly in my opinion, is this little gem’s ability to attract wildlife and beneficial insects to urban habitats, particularly during the cooler months. The specimens in my front yard are a seasonal favourite of local Eastern Spinebill families and therefore, are a favourite of mine.