Ozothamnus hybrid ‘Colour Surprise’ – Rice Flower


A lovely little shrub that is very waterwise, hardy and decorative. It gives a prolific display of deep pink flower buds in winter which gradually fade to light pink as the buds mature and open to a lemon colour in spring. The blooms are great for cut flowers, pick in bud for the best performance. The plant grows to around a metre high, and is useful for many different situations. Likes sun to part shade, and does well in all states of Australia. Tolerates light frost and drought once established. A light prune after flowering is beneficial.


Family : Asteraceae
Cultivar Name: Colour Surprise
Plant Type : Small shrub
Width : 0.7
Flowering Time : Spring, Winter
Soil Type : Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Climate Zone : Tropical, Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Growth Habit : Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture : Dry, Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses : Cut flower, Erosion control, Pollution tolerant, Playground friendly
Scientific Name: Ozothamnus hybrid
Common Name : Rice Flower
Height : 1.2
Flower Color : Cream, Yellow, Red, Pink
pH Level : Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Plant Environment : Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Light : Sunny, Light shade
Lifespan : Perennial
Frost Tolerance : Tolerates light frost
Attracts Wildlife : Bees, Butterflies, Other insects