Templetonia retusa, Cockies Tongues

Templetonia retusa

Cockies Tongues
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Australia
USDA Zone: 9-11?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapLarge shrub 5-10 ft tallFull sunModerate waterRed, crimson, vinous flowersWhite, off-white flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirds

Native to Australia, Templetonia retusa (Cockies Tongues) is a large shrub, up to 5 to 10 feet tall, that can be grown in USDA Zones 9 to 11. This plant loves full sun and enjoys moderate water. Its beautiful white and off-white flowers attract butterflies and hummingbirds. However, the flowers can also turn red or crimson then a vinous color.

When taken care of properly, this plant can be cold hardy to at least the 30s Fahrenheit for a short time, making it ideal for colder regions. To ensure your plant thrives, here are some tips for growing and caring for it in a pot in cold regions. Choose a container that is at least 12 inches in diameter and 18 inches in height with several drainage holes at the bottom. Use a well-draining soil. During the winter, keep the soil slightly moist, never saturated and make sure to move the pot inside somewhere warm if temperatures dip too low. Move the pot outside in the spring and water regularly throughout the growing season. Protect from frost and extreme temperatures to ensure the plant survives the winter.

Cockies Tongues are an eye-catching shrub with a variety of uses and characteristics. Low maintenance and requiring just moderate water, this Australian native can make for a great addition to your outdoor space. With its hardiness to cold temperatures and vibrant flowers, it offers a unique look and a way to attract wildlife, making it a great choice for any garden.

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