Isotoma (Laurentia) axillaris

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Fermi

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Isotoma (Laurentia) axillaris
« on: December 02, 2013, 01:21:18 PM »
I've seen this grown as a hanging basket plant in the UK where I presume it's treated as a tender perennial or bedding plant. It's an Australian native which is probably grown more overseas than at home! I only have the mauve form but believe it can be found in pink and white as well,
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Mr F de Sousa, Central Victoria, Australia
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Fleur Pavlidis

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Re: Isotoma (Laurentia) axillaris
« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2013, 08:36:20 AM »
This is a very pretty Australian native, Fermi, and it prompts me to ask you and your fellow Australian posters to recommend some others which will tolerate alkaline soils. Sally Razelou at Sparoza has been given a gift of money from the SA MGS branch to buy Australian plants, but they are few and far between at the plant nurseries here and sometimes rather exotic looking for our rocky hillside. Has anyone had any experience of blending Austalian plants in with the plants from the European mediterranean climate regions?
BTW I haven't been able to find a mail-order source of plants for the Isotoma, only seeds, presumably because they're sold as bedding plants.
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Re: Isotoma (Laurentia) axillaris
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2013, 05:35:19 PM »
I love this plant. It is just so pretty. :)
I don't think mine will recover from the mealy bugs though. :'( :'( :'(
Daisy :)
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