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Gloucestershire Echo - - YOUR GARDEN -

Q CAN you tell me what this plant is? It’s about 12 inches high. Many thanks. Avril Brown A THIS looks like Pink mulla mulla, or to give it the proper Latin name, Ptilo­tus ex­al­ta­tus. It’s a fairly re­cent ar­rival in the UK and a lovely one too. It’s na­tive to cen­tral Aus­tralia and is re­ally drought-tol­er­ant – a fac­tor that is be­com­ing in­creas­ingly im­por­tant in plant se­lec­tion, espe­cially in the south east. I love the pink bot­tle brush spikes. Pink mulla mulla makes a great sum­mer con­tainer plant.

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