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Plant Guide

Correa pulchella

Common Name
Pink Australian Fuschia
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Shrub
Size
4' x 5'
Flower Color
Pink
Bloom Time
  • Fall
  • Winter
Leaves
Dark Green Oval Leaves
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Occasionally Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bees
  • Hummingbirds
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Erosion Control
  • Good Under Oaks
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
  • Partial Shade
  • Shade
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Well Drained
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

Correa pulchella is one of the most common correa. It is a mounding shrub with  thick green foliage  and light pink, 1/2 - 3/4  inch long, tube shaped flowers that bloom from late fall through the winter months. It is one of the few winter blooming shrubs that do well in our climate. It grows well in dry shade and can be used under oak trees. Use as a ground cover, in containers or in the front of a shrub border. Can be used for erosion control on slopes or banks.

Plant slightly above soil grade in well-drained location. Do not disturb root ball. Needs no amendments or fertilizers. Overwatering or overfeeding can kill it. Plant in full sun in coastal areas and partial shade in hot, sunny parts of Marin.  It is tolerant of most soils, including alkaline soils. This plant is fairly drought tolerant once established. Light trimming in the spring will help it to retain a compact shape. Light pruning will also stimualte new growth and flower potential

It is attractive to bees, and hummingbirds.

It has no serious pests or diseases

Master Gardener Comments

This is one of my favorite plants, mainly because it requires so little attention and blooms in the winter. There are may varieties but my favorite is C. pulchella ' Pink Erye' because of its lovey rounded shape. I trim it lightly in the spring to keep its rounded but do very little else and it rewards me each winter with loveyl delicate pink flowers.

Varietals

C. pulchella 'Pink Eyre' - pale pink flowers

C. pulchella 'Pink Flamingo' - salmon pink flowers

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