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Callistemon

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Callistemon

(Greek, kallos, beauty; atemon, a stamen ; in most of the species the stamens are a bean tiful scarlet color). Myridcew. Berna-navsn. Australian shrubs: lvs. Evergreen, short: fls. in dense, cylindrical spikes, at first terminal, but the axis grow ing out into leafy shoots; anthers versatile, with parallel cells opening longitudinally: fr and persisting several years.

Propagated by ripened cuttings in the sand under a hand glass, which flower when small; or by seeds, but the seedlings are slow in reaching the flowering state. Rapid growers; very ornamental; greenhouse in the north; hardy in California, thriving in any soil and without irrigation.

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