Little John Bottlebrush
Description 'Little John' has the deepest red blooms of all the bottlebrush plants. The flowers attract hummingbirds and butterflies, and contrast nicely against blue-green foliage.
In spite of its delicate look, this small shrub doesn't mind full sun and cold weather. It works wonders in small spaces - as a foundation plant under low windows, an accent for the garden, or lined along a walk or drive.
This plant can be hard to find but it's worth the effort.
Plant Care Add top soil or organic peat humus in the hole when you plant. You can mix in composted cow manure, as well.
Trim to shape anytime. Hard pruning isn't necessary since the plant grows fairly slowly.
Though a dwarf bottlebrush can be considered moderately drought-tolerant (after it's been established in the ground for about a year), the plant prefers regular watering.
Fertilize 3 times a year - spring, summer and autumn - with a good quality granular fertilizer. You can supplement feedings with applications of bone meal to promote heavier bloom.
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