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Waxflower Plants Types, How to Grow and Care

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The Waxflower plant is known for being a great starter plant for beginner gardeners. This blooming shrub belongs to the Myrtle family of plants and it’s so hardy that it prefers to be left alone to thrive. 

The Chamelaucium uncinatum, as it is scientifically known, flowers throughout the winter and spring. In fact, the peak of this flower’s blooms are during the dead season of winter, when all of the other plants have given up.

This flower’s petals are red, orange, pink and deep purple, and it has a dark green foliage with needle-like, long stems. Continue reading and discover the magic behind waxflowers.

Basic Facts about Waxflower

  • The Chamelaucium uncinatum is native to Australia, although it easily adapts to hot, dry regions all over the world. Moreover, they are frost hardy as well, as they will survive low-temperatures during the winter.
  • This shrub produces flowers non-stop. As a result, they are often used as an ornamental plant, especially in flower arrangements. What’s more, they grow very quickly, as they only take around 3 weeks to start sprouting.
  • They can grow up to 6 feet in height. 
  • This flower releases a sweet scent.
  • As its name suggests, this flower’s petals have a waxy feel.
white waxflower

How To Grow Waxflower

Growing wax flowers is perfect for gardeners who have a busy schedule with hundreds of things to do.

Soil Needs

They prefer well-drained soil as they cannot tolerate puddles of water. They need to be fed with organic matter, if not, they will take more time to bloom. However, this plant likes sandy soil, as they tend to grow on the Australian coast.

Sun Exposure

Even though this flower prefers dry climates, they can thrive throughout the hard winter months too. Keep in mind that they need to be placed directly under the sun, so they can get full exposure.

Water Requirements

red waxflower

If the climate is too hot, then this plant must be watered regularly. Once the plant has established itself, it is advisable to water occasionally only, as soon as you start feeling the soil is getting dry.

If there are extreme weather conditions, then you will need to water thoroughly.

Common Types of Waxflower

The most common type of waxflower is called the ‘’Geraldton Wax’’. It is scientifically known as Chamelaucium Uncinatum, and it is the most cultivated variety. 

In addition, the following varieties are also grown now, which are as follows:

Axillare

Also referred to as “esperance waxflower,” it grows up to 7 feet in height, and it has pink, red, and white flowers that bloom continuously during the summer. 

Brevifolium

This variety will only grow up to 4 feet in height, making it one of the smallest Chamelaucium. It produces white flowers that are strongly scented. 

Ciliatum

This variety of wax flower is not complicated with its soil’s preferences. In fact, it tends to grow in rocky soils as well. They can grow up to 5 feet tall and produce white flowers. 

Confertiflorum

This is the tiniest chamelaucium as it can only grow up to 3 feet in height. Its flowers are also white.

Drummondii

One of the most unique looking plants ever, this flower has an interesting shape and colors. They are truly gorgeous. It can grow up to 4 feet in height and it produces white and pink flowers. It prefers to grow near lakes.

Megalopetalum – Large Waxflower

As its name suggests, this variety has the biggest flowers on the list. They can grow up to 8 feet in height. It produces white, yellow, cream, and pink flowers.

Chamelaucium virgatum

This variety can grow up to 7 feet tall. They prefer sandy soils as they can be found on Australia’s coast. They have pink and white flowers.

waxflowers in a vase

FAQs

Conclusion

Waxflowers are now known all over the world because of their durability and easiness to grow.

The Chamelaucium uncinatum plant has beautiful small flowers that catch everyone’s attention not only because of their simple beauty, but also because of their lovely fragrance.

For more beautiful flowering shrubs to grow, see our list here.

*image by nahhan/depositphotos

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