Gastrolobium praemorsum ‘Brown Butterfly’


The unusual brown foliage with a green edge gives this cultivar its intriguing name. It is a ground covering plant that is great for embankments, as a feature plant spilling over retaining walls or as a potted plant. Being a legume, it can fix nitrogen from the air for nutrition and therefore needs much less fertiliser than non-legumes. Give it a light trim after a heavy flush of flowers and it will continue to thicken up as a ground cover. The brown colour of the foliage is more intense in full sun.

Gastrolobium species can contain amounts of fluoro acetic acid, which can be toxic for dogs and livestock.

Family : Fabaceae
Cultivar Name: Brown Butterfly
Plant Type : Small shrub, Ground cover
Width : 3
Flowering Time : Summer
Soil Type : Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone : Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Spreading
Soil Moisture : Well-drained
Special Uses : Fast growing, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Gastrolobium praemorsum
Common Name : Gastrolobium
Height : 0.5
Flower Color : Red
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
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