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Extremely rare, hard to find plant from Thailand with very strongly fragrant flowers. It is a critically endangered species threatened by habitat loss. Small tree or large shrub.
According to the Thai legend, this flower grown in a garden helps to retain spirits of beloved lost ones around and heals broken hearts. Amazingly, medicinal properties of the plant in fact are used in folk medicine for healing heart problems. The plant is used as cardiac tonic.
This small tree is endemic to Thailand, growing gregariously in the vicinity of swampy areas (Nong Thung Thong), but also found in lowland evergreen forest, limestone formations in Phangnga and Trang, below 100 m altitude. Flower has a strong pleasant fragrance. Flowering: January-April; Fruiting: February-August.
Verticordia are known for their feather-like or fringed flowers, the beauty of these is invariably included in any description. This has been accompanied by a high desirability as a garden plant, and as a cut flower.
Not all Verticordias are small shrubs. For example Verticordia grandis grows to about two metres and throughout summer produces beautiful red flowers - the largest flowers of the genus.
Tiny white flowers are held in great panicles in spring and are pleasingly fragrant. Berries are drupes that turn from red to black and are attractive to birds. Full sun to light. Tolerates moderate shade, but may become scraggly under low light conditions. It is one of the most gratifying shrubs to use as a hedge, because of its fast rate of growth and the beautiful springtime fragrance. It's beautiful, versatile and rarely bothered by pests or disease.
Broadleaf evergreen shrub for informal hedges, screens, barriers, foundations, borders or open woodland areas.
Some of the more popular cultivars are selected for having all of their flowers large and sterile with few or no fertile flowers; their flowerheads resemble a snowball.
The plant is an evergreen shrub or small tree with a suckering habit. The leaves are opposite, crinkled, downy on the underside, less so on the upper surface.