Ptilotus exaltatus 'Matilda'
Ptilotus exaltatus 'Matilda'

Ptilotus exaltatus 'Matilda'

SKU: S77458
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Common Name: Mulla Mulla
Hardiness Zone: Annual Exposure: Sun
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Blooms In: Jul-Oct
Mature Height: 12-32" Spacing: 12-18"
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Adding unique form and texture to garden beds, containers, and fresh arrangements, the feathery, silvery rose flower spires of Ptilotus exaltatus ‘Matilda’ are eye-catching to say the least, especially when sunlight filters through them from behind. Like pointed bottlebrushes measuring 3–6” in length, the blooms are more bristly than they first appear and sit atop sturdy stems with leathery, gray-green foliage. A species native to the hot, dry plains of Australia, Mulla Mulla loves full sun and tolerates drought conditions. In our trials, ‘Matilda’ achieved a spread of 12–16” and created a fine, low-maintenance ground cover.

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The size of the plants we ship has been selected to reduce the shock of transplanting. For some, this means a large, bareroot crown. Others cannot travel bareroot or transplant best if grown in containers. We ship these perennials and annuals in 1 pint pots, except as noted. We must point out that many perennials will not bloom the first year after planting, but will the following year, amply rewarding your patience. We ship bulbs as dormant, bare bulbs, sometimes with some wood shavings or moss. Shrubs, Roses, vines, and other woody plants may be shipped bareroot or in pots. The size of the pot is noted in the quick facts for each item.


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Latin Name Pronunciation: tih-lo' tus

Ptilotus is native to Australia and thrives in hot, dry climates. It is a short-lived perennial that is often grown as a summer-blooming annual. This relatively low-maintenance plant requires full sun and thrives in average to sandy, well-drained soil. It is drought tolerant once established. Its upright habit and unique flowers make it excellent for the middle to back of borders, in mixed containers, and in rock gardens, making a beautiful contrast to other annuals. Plants bloom from summer to fall and flowers attract bees and butterflies and are good for cutting. Deadheading will encourage new flowers and will also help plants appear more attractive as older blooms can appear tattered. No serious insect or disease problems, although they can be susceptible to root rot. Perennial in Zones 10-11.

For information on planting and care of annuals, click Annuals.