Pimelea ferruginea Labill.

Rice Flower

Erect, hairless, mostly domed shrub to about 1 m tall. Leaves opposite, narrowly ovate to elliptic, spreading, mostly to about 1 cm long, 4 mm wide, glossy above, the margins bent under. Flower clusters with 4 bracts, mostly 2-3 cm wide. Flowers pale to deep pink, hairy outside; spring to summer. Syn. P. decussata R. Br.

Widely cultivated with several colour forms available.

P. 'Pink Bouquet' PVJ 5(3)5.


Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Thymeleaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 3. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 2. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Pimelea ferruginea 'Bonne Petite'

Compact shrub with flower heads deep pink. A colour form selection from natural populations in SW WA, c. 1980.

Pimelea ferruginea 'Magenta Mist'

Flowers magenta, darker than 'Bonne Petite' but fading more rapidly. Originated in Kings Park, Perth and registered with ACRA in 1984.

Pimelea ferruginea 'Selected Red'

Flower heads deep pink to red. Origin unknown.

kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Rosanae
order      Malvales
family       Thymelaeaceae
genus        Pimelea Gaertn.