Small shrub, pretty purple flower in high summer. I found them along the eastern shore of the Peel Harvey Estuary, near Point Grey and Lake McLarty.
Identification was by people on the Facebook page of the Wildflower Society of WA, very knowledgeable (and friendly) group.
So, Regelia. Never heard of them before. Florabase lists five species in the genus.
The inestimable Wrigley and Fagg adds that those five are it. Another species unique to WA. And describes them as “showy, woody shrubs”; “moderately hardy in well drained soil” and easy to propagate from seeds or cuttings. Hussah!
As well as R. ciliata, W&F list R. inops (“prune to encourage branching”) and R. velutina (“Most striking. Suitable feature plant.” But can take years to flower from seed, in the eastern states, at least.)
And, the only one local (to Mandurah) is R. ciliata.
Seeds are available for all species from Nindethana and the Seed Shed. And, I collected a few seed pods today, which, according to the Australian National Botanic Gardens will open if kept in a paper bag in a warm area. Double Hussah.
The highly informative ANBG site has the derivation of the name too:
“Regelia – in honour of Eduard August von Regel (1815-92), superintendent of the botanic garden at St Petersburg, Russia
ciliata – from Latin, fringed with fine hairs (the leaves are hairy).”
I can’t wait to drop that into conversation.
I think I might have to start talking to myself again…