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Binomial Name:  Adenanthos sericeus


Common Name: Albany Woolly Bush




Leaves:  Leaves/branches up to 40 mm long, and repeatedly divide by threes, soft and woolly as the common name suggests, grey


Stem/Trunk: Shrub form, stem is squat with multiple branches


Flower:  Red, small and obscure, solitary, hidden within the foliage at the end of branches


Fruit: Oval-shaped achene


Flowering Period:  Spring, Summer and Autumn


Height: 3 metres


Width:  1 metre 


Habit:  Soft shrub


Aspect:  Full sun. WIll die in shade


Soil Type:  Clay to sandy soils. Needs drainage. Does not tolertate boggy sites 


Soil pH:  5.0 to 6.5


Fertiliser Treatment: Recommend rock minerals, slow release low phosoporus fertiliser suitable for natives, benefits from Seasol when being planted out, benenfits from fish emulsion and blood and bone. Can use pelletised chicken manures also beneficial as a mulch. Benefits from compost being incorporated into the soil when the hole is dug


Mulch:  Eucalyptus mulch (small to fine chips or leaf) is very beneficial for Aussie plants. Sugar cane mulch can be used up top 50mm thickness


Root System:  Contained. Not invasive


Drought Tolerant:  Once established


Frost Tolerant:  Yes


Salt Wind Tolerant:  Yes


Fire Response:  Yes. Recovers from being burnt with cool ground fires


Host Requred:  No


Fast Growing:  Moderate 


Gardens:  Native gardens


Natural Occurrence:  South western Australia


Known Plant Associations:  Other native plants from South western Australia zones in full sun Chamelaucium, Eremophila, Rhodanthe, Banksia and other PROTEACE species


Known Fauna Associations:  Nectar feeding birds


Other Information:  Many cultural uses are ascribed to this plant species. 

Adenanthos sericeus (Albany Woolly Bush)