Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Rice Flower Plant

There are some plants I grow to use as fillers, both in the garden and in cut arrangements. The rice flower shrub (ozothamnus) is one of those plants. It does well in both the sun and partial shade, although it tends to get a bit scraggly in shady areas and needs to be cut back to maintain a full look.


I have grown it for years and I like the way it looks light and airy in the garden beds when mixed with other plants.

The pink one has a tendency to fade in too much sun. It holds it's flowers for a long time and blooms almost all spring and summer in our area.


It also lasts a long time when cut and dries nicely too. The books say it has a pleasant fragrance although I must admit I've never noticed. Now I know someone is going to ask if this is the plant that rice comes from and the answer is no!

6 comments:

Northern Shade said...

It has a delicate, feathery texture, and I can see how nice it would be next to solid leaves or bold flowers, knitting them together. Both colours look good, and would coordinate with so many other blooms.

Shirley said...

The rice flower plant looks like it would make a nice companion to roses too.

patricia said...

Rice flower plant looks great, it refresh our eyes every time we seen it. If I can have a garden I can also plant those rice flower then I will add some garden ornaments like wind spinners to look more unique. Thank you for sharing this rice flower plants.

Kathryn/plantwhateverbringsyoujoy.com said...

This is a new plant to me and i LOVE the pink version. Lovely! Thanks for sharing!

kkhymn said...

I just got the pink ones a couple of weeks ago. They are in pots. But, now the green stems are turning yellow. I am a new gardener. Is the plant diseased? What do I do now?

Sheila said...

Kkyhmn, yellow stems sounds more like a cultural issue than disease. Is the plant getting too much water, they do not like wet feet.