This particular Correa grows widely in the Mallee region. We found it a few weeks ago at Lowan Conservation Park. It was looking a little stressed because of the dry winter but these plants seem to have a mechanism that enables them to shut down when stressed.
I have been working on Correas lately, taking cuttings from many as they are covered in new growth. I have several forms of Correa glabra and they seem to be quite hardy plants. They originate from the Mt Lofty Ranges area across to the Strathalbyn plains. One that I have has variegated leaves. The variegations are golden yellow and on some plants individual leaves are very shiny and yellow. Other leaves are blotched yellow.
One of my aims in the next couple of weeks is to begin my Correa patch. The area I have chosen is an open space amongst the mallee trees. The correas will get dappled shade for part of the day.
I wrote about this Correa some weeks ago.
I was putting Correa glabra, a variegated form, on to the tables at the Spring Flower Show and Plants Sale organised by the Australian Plants Society. This is a pretty plant. Some Correas have a fruity scent in the leaves, which makes them good to grow near a path where the leaves can be brushed as people walk past them.
Correa glabra exists in a number of forms. What I have is a variegated form which has yellow blotches. The leaves are shiny and the blotching is better seen when the plant is growing out in the open. These Correas need to be tip pruned to keep them dense bushes. A friend made a practice of pinching the top couple of leaves of each branch on the bushes and alsways had prolific flowering as a result. This works with many species.
This particular species grows to about half a metre high and wide and grows well in clay soils that dry and crack in the heat of summer.
Correas are lovely plants and a favourite of mine. There are so many forms and species and there are many very pretty hybrids. There are many drought tolerant ones that I know of. In general they all need good drainage. Trim the plants after flowering. Many can be trimmed to make good hedge plants.
Correa ‘Pink Mist’ has been around for years and is a very hardy small to medium shrub.
Correa reflexa has many hardy forms and one is Correa reflexa ‘Sellick’s Beach’. This one is a good coastal plant and also a good understory plant, growing amonst mallee trees. It forms a low mound to about 30cm high and 1-2m wide. It has dark pink and yellow flowers.