|Not yet well known in the United States, these shrubs or small trees, native to southwestern Australia's Dryandra Forest, share much of their Protea cousins' appeal. A collar of stiff pointed bracts surrounds each showy, thistly-like flower head, usually yellow to orange. Leathery leaves often have prickly teeth. Both flowers and foliage make dramatic accents for large cut arrangements. They harmonize with other bold, sturdy drought-tolerant plants in a Mediterranean garden. Nectar-rich flowers attract birds and bees. Growers graft some species onto other Dryandra species and Banksia serrata. Still fairly new to cultivation even in Australia, they challenge gardeners to learn their needs. Prefer warm dry summers and mild winters. Some adapt to a cool, airy greenhouse setting. Plant in well-drained, slightly acid, low-fertility soil. Keep almost dry in winter. Most are frost-tender, though some handle temperatures down to 19º F if kept dry. Treat leaf chlorosis, a yellowing of new leaves, with chelated iron. Grow from fresh seed or semi-ripe cuttings.
Leathery leaves formed by strips of tiny triangles make an eye-catching zigzag pattern. A great filler for floral arrangements.
Attributes - Dryandra formosa
Plant Type: Shrub
Bloom Season: Mid Winter through Early Summer
Flower Color: Yellow
Height: 3 ft. to 6 ft.
Width: 6 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun, Partial Sun
Climate: Zones 9, 10, 11
Notes: Thrives in Dry Climates, Hot Climates. Container Plants, Drought Tolerant, Low Maintenance, Showy Flowers.