Callistemon

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