Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Crowea 'Poorinda Ecstasy' is thought to have arisen from a cross between Crowea saligna and a short leaved form of C. exalata that occurs at Little River near Wulgulmerang in Victoria. The cultivar has been extensively advertised and mentioned in various magazines and trade journals since about 1974. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in March 1969. Registration applied for by Mr L Hodge, Corryong, Victoria.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a compact plant to 1m tall by 1m wide. The foliage is light green in colour. The leaves are from 30 to 40mm long and 9 to 12mm wide, oblanceolate with a mucronate tip. The branches are angular and very slightly winged. The flowers are pale pink and occur principally from early summer to autumn. Occasional flowers occur at other times of the year. The flowers which are from 25 to 25mm across have a short pedicel and thus sit tightly in the leaf axils.
DIAGNOSIS: It is difficult to determine the origin of this putative hybrid by examination of the cultivar. The cultivar resembles a broad-leaved form of C. saligna which is believed to have come originally from Kariong near Gosford, NSW and which saligna has the typical noticeable winged stems right to the tips of the branches whereas Crowea 'Poorinda Ecstasy' does not. The branches are angular in the cultivar, similar to those of C. exalata, with a very slight "wing" lower on the stems. The cultivar differs from Crowea 'Festival', a previously described hybrid Crowea, by its larger leaves and its paler flower colour.
OTHER NOTES: This cultivar is adaptable to a wide range of soil types. Drought and frost tolerance is similar to Crowea exalata. Propagation must be by vegetative means to preserve the cultivar form.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Code 1966.
outside petal: greyed-purple group 186C
inside petal: greyed-purple group 186B
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC043,CBG068900/9605785
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 27 October 1986