Babingtonia virgata – Heath Myrtle

A hardy and adaptable mid sized shrub with beautiful long weeping foliage that gets covered with small white flowers in mid December. It is a great screening plant as it is dense growing, and can be cut back very hard to rejuvenate and to keep it to size. Frost and drought tolerant, and does well in most soils, from very damp to dry. Takes full sun to part shade. A decorative garden plant leading up to Christmas, as it looks like it is snow covered. Attractive to butterflies, decorative moths and other nectar loving insects. It used to be known as Baeckia virgata.

Family : Myrtaceae
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Plant Type : Small shrub, Large shrub
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Summer
Soil Type : Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Weeping
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Special Uses : Bonsai, Erosion control, Honey producing plant, Bird nesting plant, Pollution tolerant, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Babingtonia virgata
Common Name : Heath Myrtle
Height : 4
Flower Color : White
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects