The Geraldton wax flower is a favorite of florists and water-minded gardeners. It is an evergreen shrub with a delicate branching structure, fine texture and remarkable wax-like flowers that last for weeks in cut flower arrangements. Native to Australia, it has proven to grow well in Inland Empire gardens in sunny locations and with low amounts of supplemental water. It can be featured in a raised planter and in combination with other flowering shrubs and perennials. As it matures, it can be trimmed to reveal interesting branching character.
Geraldton wax flower needs good drainage and a sunny location to achieve its best growth. Evergreen needle-like leaves grow on long, flexible stems; older plants can grow 5-7 ft. tall. Colorful flowers grow to 1/2 in. dia., are firm and waxy, and come in light pink to rose and purple. Several cultivars can be found in local nurseries and garden centers that include: C. u. ‘Escondido Rose’ is a standard size plant with deep rose colored flowers; C. u. ‘Purple Pride’ also grows 5-7 ft. tall and produces purple flowers.