Lechenaultia formosa R.Br.

Red Lechenaultia

Small prostrate to erect shrub, sometimes suckering, extremely variable in both habit and flower colour. Leaves heath-like, to 1 cm long, 1 mm wide, linear, cylindrical and fleshy. Flower size variable but usually about 2.5 cm or so wide, profuse, solitary towards the tips of the branches; winter to early summer.


This is a highly variable species displaying a range of habits and extraordinary flower colours. The ornamental potential of this variation has been explored through breeding and selection trials that have produce an exciting range of new cultivars. In many nurseries the plants are named with the flower colour included on the label as it ranges through brilliant colours and colour combinations including reds, white, pink, yellow, red and yellow, yellow with red tips, red-orange, orange and orange-yellow.

Among the cultivars are: L. 'Eldorado', which has flowers yellow with red tips; L. 'Flamingo', flowers pink PVJ 2(2)31; L. 'New Morning', flowers yellow with pink margins; L. 'Princess Pink', flowers pink; L. 'Red Devil', flowers orange-red; L. 'Scarlett O'Hara', flowers brilliant red; L. 'Starburst', flowers red with orange-yellow centres PVJ 2(2)31; L. 'Sunrise', flowers orange-yellow; L. 'Tango', flowers orange and scarlet; and L. 'Ultraviolet', a hybrid PVJ 2(2)31.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Goodeniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Goodeniaceae
genus        Lechenaultia R.Br.