Carmichaelia glabrescens

Drainage:Very DryWell Drained
Height Range:3
Site Conditions:CoastalExposedFrost TolerantSandy SoilWindy
Spread Range:2
Sunlight:Full Sun
Features:Attractive FlowersAttractive foliageAttractive to insectsEvergreenRare and Endangered


Carmichaelia glabrescens is commonly known as Pink Broom. This species is endemic to the South Island of New Zealand from Kaikoura northwards in lowland to . Tolerates dry, windy conditions and frost, growing quickly in sunny, rocky areas. Naturally found in alluvial terraces, gorges, cliff faces and steep valley sides. An excellent species for a steep, free-draining bank, cliff face or rock wall.

Carmichaelia glabrescens is a small spreading evergreen tree or shrub with leafless green flattened stems. The tangle of smooth erect flattened leafless greenish twigs has masses of attractive pink flowers from November to January. The pea-like flowers attract native bees. Flowers are followed by a small flattened papery dry pod containing 2-3 seeds.

Does well in any soil provided it is free draining. This species should be planted in full sun. It is intolerant of heavy shade and humidity.


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