Acacia glaucoptera, Clay Wattle, Queen Wattle

Acacia glaucoptera

Clay Wattle, Queen Wattle
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Mimosoideae
Origin: Western Australia
Small plant 2-5 ftSemi-shadeFull sunDry conditionsModerate waterYellow, orange flowersOrnamental foliagePlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

A native to Western Australia, Acacia glaucoptera (Clay Wattle) is a small plant, natively growing up to 2-5ft tall. It is an ornamental shrub, featuring an eye-catching foliage that is light to medium green, with a glaucaous-white and a distinctive broad-winged phyllodes. The yellow to orange-colored and globular-shaped flowers are the biggest highlight of this plant, appearing from central stems in spring.

Acacia glaucoptera can be grown in full sun, semi-shade, and higher temperate regions. It can be grown in USDA Zone 9-11. It is a highly drought-tolerant shrub that does well in dry conditions. It also does well in a container and attracts numerous butterflies and hummingbirds. Moderate watering is recommended for the shrub, with regular pruning, which will help promote a compact and bushy growth.

In colder regions, Acacia glaucoptera is an ideal plant for growing in a pot as they need protection from extreme cold and frost conditions. When growing in a pot, find a suitable location where the plant will get enough sunlight and water. Pay attention to the pot size; a large pot is necessary for growth. Water the plant when required, keeping the soil moist. In winter, water the plant less frequently but never let the soil dry out completely. Apply a balanced fertilizer every month to provide the necessary nutrients.

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