Pink Pussy Tails

16 Sep

Pink Pussy Tails (Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Joey’), short-lived evergreen perennial, 12 to 15 in., may winter over or reseed, clover-like pink flowers bloom winter-spring and sporadically all year, thick blue-green to silver-green foliage, drought tolerant, full sun, deer resistant, great cut flower.

A short lived herbaceous perennial to 12 to 15 inches tall with silver-green foliage oblong shaped leaves and from winter through spring 3-4 inch long feathery spikes of small flowers in conical arrangement that start out silvery in bud and age to a nearly neon pink color from the bottom of the spike up. Plant in full sun in a well drained, preferably acidic, soil. May over winter in USDA Zones 9-10 but this plant is difficult to maintain and might be best planted as an annual. Ptilotus is primarily an Australian genus that comes from throughout the continent from tropical areas to the arid inland. Ptilotus exaltatus occurs widely through the drier central areas of Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Northern Territory. Another common name for the species is Mulla.

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