42/52: brilliant bottlebrush

There are a number of flowers known colloquially as bottlebrush, so-called for their similarity to a brush designed to clean out bottles, but my favourite is the one in my garden, Callistemon citrinus.

This particular one, native to south-eastern Australia and from the family Myrtaceae, is sometimes called Crimson Bottlebrush, for the colour of its flowers, or Lemon Bottlebrush, for its slightly lemon-scented leaves, I assume.

beautiful bottlebrushbeyond the bottlebrushCallistemon citrinuscolours of SpringMaking a vibrant show of colour in Spring, it has proven to be a hardy plant for the garden.


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