Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: This is a selection of Correa reflexa var. reflexa from a forested area west of Geelong, Victoria. The original selection was by Mrs Marion Beek of Naracoorte, South Australia, in 1991. The cultivar is named in honour of Mr Neil Marriott for his efforts to popularise the genus. Applicant: Ms Cherree Densley, Killarney, Victoria, on behalf of the Correa Study Group. Received 17th June 1999.
DESCRIPTION: Erect shrub to c. 1.7 m x I m with a moderately dense habit. Branchlets highly tomentose with rust coloured stellate hairs becoming brown and glabrous with age. Leaves simple, cordate, 19 mm x 14 mm, shortly petiolate. Leaf apices obtuse-emarginate, leaf bases cordate, venation reticulate, entire margins. Upper surfaces of mature leaves dark green and scabridulous. Upper surfaces of young leaves pale green with scattered white-coloured stellate hairs. Lower surfaces of leaves minutely tomentose with white stellate hairs becoming rust coloured and more concentrated on the veins. Peduncles axillary, calyx hemispherical, 5 mm high, fawn coloured with scattered rust-coloured stellate hairs. Corolla cylindrical 37mm x 9 mm, deep red with definite pale green band at tips, which are strongly reflexed and covered with a fine tomentum of red-coloured stellate hairs becoming white and lime-coloured at tips. Anthers strongly exerted, narrow oblong and obtuse. Peak flowering is from June to September in most districts.
DIAGNOSIS: This cultivar conforms to descriptions for C. reflexa var. reflexa by Wilson (1998). The rich-red flower colour and floriferous habit distinctive features of this selection from the wild. It varies from C. 'Mary's Choice' in the size and growth habit of the plant, in the size and shape of the leaves, as well as in the amount of tomentum on the leaves. The flowers are also distinctive from C. 'Mary's Choice' in the definite band of lime green at the tips and their stronger reflex.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1995
Flower: Close to 50A, tips 145B
Leaves upper surface: 137A
Leaves lower surface: 195B (hairs and midrib 199A)
CULTIVATION: This medium-sized shrub is frost and drought hardy and has a dense growth habit. The long rich-red flowers which appear in winter are attractively displayed. It is easy to grow from cuttings and is bird attractive. This form would be suited to most garden conditions. It responds favourably to light pruning and would suit background planting in garden beds. It has been trialed for 8 years.
REFERENCE SPECIMEN: ACC771, ACRA741, CBG9914022
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 1 September 1999