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Lomatia tinctoria , Guitar Plant

Lomatia tinctoria

Guitar Plant
Family: Proteaceae
Origin: Australia
Small shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersOrnamental foliageSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

The white or cream flowers are in loose spikes, and the buds, like the ensuing woody fruits, are guitar-shaped. The leaves appear fernlike, but are leathery to the touch, and are pinnately divided once or twice into long slender feathery lobes.

This species is not widely cultivated but is a hardy shrub for semi-shaded positions in temperate climates. It will tolerate extended dry periods once established but performs best if adequate moisture is provided. It accepts a range of soils provided drainage is reasonable and will tolerate moderate to severe frost.

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