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Leigh9Leigh9 Posts: 9


Hi everyone, I need help identifying this Plant, I bought it because I thought it real pretty but it didn't have a care leafet with it. Would love to know what it is so I can care correctly for it. 

Thanks in advance 




  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,299

    That's an interesting one, Leigh.  My feeling is - because this plant reminds me of something but I can't pin it down - that it's a tender shrub we can't grow outside in Britain.  I may be wrong, of course...  Very heather-like flowers* but the foliage is completely different.

    Are you based in the UK?

    Hopefully someone will come along who recognises this.  image

    AAH.  I think it's Boronia - an Australian evergreen shrub with scented flowers.  If so, it needs very good drainage and likes dappled shade, is short lived and not hardy.  

    *I think these are buds and will open out shortly.

    Good luck!  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Leigh9Leigh9 Posts: 9

    Hi, thanks for replying, I am in the uk yes, it is beautifully scented flowers on it.image

  • Leigh9Leigh9 Posts: 9

    imageI've just got home and googled boronia also had a closer look at the plant, I'm going to take another photo close up, the flowers don't open there just tiny and drop off after quite a while. 

  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,299

    I'm still hoping someone more knowledgeable will have a look at this...

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Sophie17Sophie17 Posts: 342

    Could it be some sort of polifolia? Have the flowers opened yet?

  • ObelixxObelixx Posts: 30,008

    It's a red boronia heterophylla and Liri is right.  It is tender, needs shelter and can be a bit fussy but, if well cared for, makes an attractive plant with perfumed flowers.

    See here for cultivation info - 

    Vendée - 20kms from Atlantic coast.
    "We don't stop playing because we grow old; we grow old because we stop playing." - George Bernard Shaw
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,299

    Andromedas have simple leaves a bit like rosemary, Sophie...  I know what you mean about the flowers though.  If you google "Boronia" images I reckon the leaves are very similar to Leigh's picture, and the flowers open from buds which look like her photo too.  But they should open into 4-petalled flowers.

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • LiriodendronLiriodendron Posts: 8,299

    Thanks Obelixx!  image

    Since 2019 I've lived in east Clare, in the west of Ireland.
  • Leigh9Leigh9 Posts: 9

    Thank you so much. I think the flowers have not opened but instead dropped off because i had just stood on the patio with no protection. I feel bad now lol. I will now care for it properly. Thanks again ????????

  • Hi. I've recently bought a B. heterophylla too. I'm in Northern Ireland. Information on this plant is definitely lacking, I've not found any comprehensive guides yet either. To add to the advice already given, the shrub will flower in early summer, and then the flowers close. It's not that yours has failed to flower, but rather it already has and has since closed. Flowers are pink and remain throughout summer into Autumn before falling. You will also notice they will eventually turn white. This is normal.

    Anyhows, my issue is that I don't have any real sheltered areas in my garden, and my boronia is certainly not coping with the wind, its delicate branches are now all droopy. I've read that it may need to be overwintered indoors to avoid frost. What i really want to know is can it be grown indoors all year round? 

    Last edited: 30 June 2017 02:01:27

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