Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
GENUS: A taxonomic revision resulted in the genus name for this cultivar changing from Baeckea to Babingtonia.
Bean, A.R. (1999) A revision of the Babingtonia virgata (J.R.Forst. & G.Forst.)F.Muell. complex (Myrtaceae) in Australia. Austrobaileya 5(2)
ORIGIN: Baeckea 'Howie's Sweet Midget' was a seedling variant of B. virgata which arose in a batch of seed from the Brisbane form.
DESCRIPTION: It is a small compact plant reachinga height of up to 500mm by ca. 600mm wide. The leaves are opposite, ca. 10mm long and 1.5mm wide. The five petalled flowers form in small umbels near the ends of branchlets and are 5-6mm across. The flowers occur in summer.
DIAGNOSIS: Its compact dwarf habit distinguishes it from its parents which usually grow to 3m or more.
CULTIVATION NOTES: It grows in cool temperate to tropical regions and is quite drought resistant, although it responds well to watering during dry periods. Applications of slow release fertilizers are also beneficial.It is very hardy and adaptable, being perfect for rockeries and also suitable for pot culture. At the Australian National Botanic Gardens plants have grown well for at least 12 years in heavy clay soils. The plant is naturally compact although a light but regular pruning after flowering helps keep the plant bushy. The plant tolerates quite heavy frosts. It is relatively pest free, though occasional scale and webbing caterpillars have been noted.
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC150
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 30 March 1979