I bought the plant for the foliage but what attracted my attention this morning were its blooms. The label on the pot described the flowers as pink or purple so I wasn't at all clear about the floral color when I selected its location.
|My relatively poor photo of the flower|
Melaleuca thymifolia hails from eastern Australia. It reportedly tolerates poor soils and, in its native habitat, is frequently found growing in sandstone and clay-based soils. Its foliage produces a spicy scent when bruised. According to the Australian National Herbarium, it can flower for up to 8 months of the year. It's reputed to attract bees, butterflies and birds and to be free of disease and pest problems.
Predictions of its dimensions vary quite a bit but 3 feet tall and wide (1 meter) is the most common projection. It prefers sun but can tolerate some shade. It requires moderate to average water and is hardy in USDA zones 9a-11 (Sunset zones 8, 9 and 12-24). Predictions of its cold tolerance range from 25 to 18F (-6.6 to -8C).