Australia is home to many exquisitely beautiful shrubs and flowers that have adapted to the harsh dry summer environment.
Isopogon is an Australian genus, of the family Protaceae; better known members being the Grevilleas and the Banksias.
There are 30 odd species of Isopogon, found in the southern temperate-climate coastal areas.
Most species including this one, I. formosus are found in southern Western Australia.
The name is derived from components:
– isos, Greek for equal
– pogon, Greek for beard, a reference to the mauve-coloured radiating stamens that project from the small globular head. For this appearance a common name for this two metre high shrub is Rose Cone Flower.
– formosus, from Latin meaning beautiful.
This species is not native to South Australia, and Pop-Star was unaware of their existence until presented with this shrub as a present by his brother. He likes its stunning appearance when in flower late winter-spring, forming a purple haze to add colour to his garden.
Photo: Brian Walters
- Purple Haze (herybka.wordpress.com)