Baeckea virgata, otherwise known as “Heath Myrtle,” is an upright woody shrub dense with dark leaves on cascading stems and a white bloom similar to that of Leptospermum. Native to Australia, it grows as a bush that makes for a great hedge. Dense foliage can be trimmed after flowering to keep shape. The flowering branches are used as filler for fresh floral arrangements.
Light: Full sun (when indoors)
Water: Even moisture
Environment: Native to Australia
Toxicity: Berries reported as potentially toxic; other information is not available
Habit / Size: Typically grown as a shrub in its native habitat
- Synonym is Sannantha virgata
- Zone: 8–11
*When planting in a pot without a drainage hole, help avoid over watering by estimating 25% of the container’s overall volume, with appropriate drainage materials incorporated when planting.