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Plant Species of the genus Beaufortia

Information about this genus
Name: Beaufortia
Cultivation: CULTIVATION: Apart from tolerating only light to moderate frosts, these are fairly easily grown plants that prefer a sunny position with moist well-drained soil. Well-established specimens are drought tolerant, though perhaps not as much as their origins may suggest. For compact growth, trim lightly in spring. The usual propagation methods are seed or half-hardened cuttings taken from non-flowering stems.
Description: A myrtle family genus of around 18 species of evergreen shrubs named early in the nineteenth century after Mary, Duchess of Beaufort, Beaufortia is confined naturally to Western Australia. In many ways the genus can be seen as just another variation on the theme of Melaleuca, Kunzea and Callistemon, but they tend to be smaller and flower heavily at a younger age. The foliage is often much reduced, making the bushes appear as a cluster of upright wiry stems. The flowerheads are filamentous and may be near spherical or extended and bottlebrush-like.

Specie Vernacular Zone
Beaufortia decussata 9-10
Beaufortia sparsa 9-10
Beaufortia squarrosa 9-10

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