31 January 2014
Correa lawrenceana (red form)
Like most correas, Correa lawrenceana takes many forms and there are half a dozen or so recognised varieties. Correa lawrenceana occurs mainly in Tasmania (where one form can grow to be a small tree) and Victoria. This "red form" variety in the garden has reached 2 metres in height and is covered with these purple-red flowers that attract honeyeaters and the plant provides a great deal of dense shelter to protect them from predators. Frankly the photo is flattering to the look of the flowers which are a little manky in reality but the birds don't care what they look like, just that the flowers are a desirable food source. I'd suggest that this would be a good background bush to cover up an unsightly fence or to provide some privacy, particularly as a hedge. This bush seems to be remarkably drought hardy and it can be grown from cuttings.