A beautiful, compact, pink waratah has been released by Plants Management Australia (PMA).
Named ‘Essie’s Gift’, it celebrates the waratah breeding and selection of the late Essie Huxley. Essie’s name is connected in particular to her discovery of a rare yellow waratah in her native Tasmania. ‘Essie’s Gift’ is a hybrid between the New South Wales’ waratah (Telopea speciosissima), selected for its large flowers, and the Tasmanian waratah (T. truncata), selected for its small leaves and increased cold tolerance. With these genes, ‘Essie’s Gift’ reaches a compact 1m high and 1.5m wide and grows in many parts of Australia. It flowers from September to November, with rounded heads of red-pink flowers. The new-look waratah was bred by Brian Fitzpatrick of Waratah Australis at Batlow in New South Wales. Brian also bred the waratahs ‘Georgie Girl’, ‘Digger’, ‘Mallee Boy’, ‘Snow Maiden’ and ‘Sugar Plum’.
‘Essie’s Gift’ is available from Plants Management Australia in spring.
For more information visit www.pma.com.au.