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Agonis Flexuosa (Willow Peppermint Tree)

Agonis Flexuosa (Willow Peppermint Tree)

Agonis Flexuosa Peppermint Willow

Agonis Flexuosa Peppermint Willow

Flexuosa Definition - What is Flexuosa?

Flexuosa is a Latin word for 'full of bends' referring to the nature of the tree's trunk on the outside. It's used to refer to a group of trees with exact characteristics such as Agonis flexuosa.

Agonis flexuosa

Also known as Swan River peppermint, Western Australia peppermint, willow myrtle or just peppermint, it's a tree species native to Western Australia to the south west. The tree has a habit of weeping, hence its willow myrtle name.

The Noongar people, native Australians living in the south-west part of the country, refer to the tree as Wonong, Wanil, Wannang or Wonnow. It's easily recognizable in WA and the most popular of all tree species under the Agonis genus. In Perth, it's grown on the verges of roads and in parks.

Agonis is a genus whose name is borrowed from the Greek word 'agon', meaning a cluster. It refers to the manner flexuosa fruits are arranged on the tree.

Agonis flexuosa Description

Agonis flexuosa plant is a small, but strong tree. It grows up to 10 to 15 meters in height. The tree's leaves are light green, narrow and long (grow up to 150 mm in length) while the bark is brown and fibrous. The axes sprout small, white inflorescence flowers that grow in groups or clusters.

From a distance, the trees resemble a weeping willow because they tend to grow in a weeping way. Torn or crushed leaves smell like peppermint. Its hard fruit capsule can grow up to 3 or 4 mm in diameter and feature 3 valves responsible for housing tiny Agonis flexuosa seeds.

Agonis Flexuosa Cultivation

The tree thrives in sandy soils, including dunes and limestone heaths in temperate climates. They're often grown in areas where trees are grown in masses such as gardens and along streets. How fast does Agonis flexuosa grow? It grows fast and requires enough space if it's to be grown in yards.

Dwarf Pink Agonis Flexuosa 'Nana' Cultivar

Dwarf Pink Agonis Flexuosa 'Nana' Cultivar

The trees also have a spiral or twist effect on the stems or trunks. They flower from August to December. Some Agonis flexuosa species can be pruned and if grown in terraced or rocky terrains, the trees develop buttress roots.

Agonis flexuosa Uses

A. flexuosa leaves have antiseptic properties and can be grown as ornamental trees in spacious gardens or yards.

Other Flexuosa Species

  • Deschampsia flexuosa (bunchgrass)
  • Vitis flexuosa (liana, a plant in the grape family)
  • Erysiphe flexuosa (a pathogen of plants)
  • Scutellastra flexuosa (sea snail)
  • Grevillea flexuosa (a shrub)
  • Nana flexuosa
  • Xylosma flexuosa (a willow family flowering plant)

Got Enough Space in Your Yard or Garden to Grow a Flexuosa Tree?

Whether you want to grow Agonis flexuosa peppermint trees for their antiseptic properties or as ornamental trees, you can grow them at home in your yard or garden. Just make sure there's enough space for the tree because it tends to grow bigger as it matures.

Check out our Planters and Raised Beds to start your Agonis flexuosa seeds before transplanting them to your yard or garden.

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Deschampsia

Deschampsia

Deschampsia antarctica

 

What is Deschampsia?

Also known as tufted hair grass or tussock grass, Deschampsia is a genus of wild plants. It belongs to the Poecea grass family. The plant grows well in wetlands, but can adapt in dry climates with sufficient watering. Native to various habitats across the world, the perennial plants are available in about 40 species.

Despite being native to many places across the globe, hair grasses are green all-year round. Therefore, they find use as ornamental plants. Due to the hardy nature of hair grass, some varieties find use in reconstruction and restoration projects.

For instance, Deschampsia cespitosa is a variety tolerant to salt. As a result, it's often used in brackish waters and reclamation projects in regions at high altitudes. In the latter case, they're used in ski slopes, mines and meadows at high elevations.

Deschampsia cespitosa

 

It also finds use along river banks and in wetland areas to prevent soil erosion, a role attributed to its dense foliage. Deschampsia flexuosa is also grown as an ornamental plant in gardens.

Deschampsia Etymology

The Deschampsia plants genus was named after Louis Auguste Deschamps, a naturalist and French physician. Naming of the genus occurred between 1765 and 1842.

Deschampsia Species

Popular Deschampsia plant species include the following:

  • Deschampsia flexuosa
  • Deschampsia cespitosa
  • Deschampsia tatra gold
  • Deschampsia elongata
  • Deschampsia northern lights
  • Deschampsia goldtau
  • Deschampsia schottland
  • Deschampsia pixie fountain
  • Deschampsia antarctica
  • Deschampsia mexicana

Grow Deschampsia from Seeds at Home

You can grow Deschampsia seeds in containers or grow bags at home. The plants can add a fresh touch of nature in gardens or indoor spaces. The ornamental plants are perfect for beautifying landscapes, home patios and gardens.

Visit our products page for a 5-pack grow bag to plant your Deschampsia species from seeds. Alternatively, opt for a plant cover to care for your mature ornamental plants in the harsh winter weather.

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