Common Correa, Native Fuchsia, Fuschia, Correa.
Correa reflexa var. reflexa.
Correa, after Portuguese scholar and botanist Jose Francesco Correia da Serra (1750-1823). Reflexa, from Latin reflectere, to bend back, referring to corolla (petals).
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Albury; Bowna-Jindera; Yambla; Rosewood Plateau; Maragle; Ardenside-Welaregang; O"Briens South & McLeods and Burkes & Graveyard. Probably occurs in areas adjacent to those noted, in similar country.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Dry sclerophyll forest and heath, usually on sandstone or coastal dunes.
Spreading or erect shrub, 50cm to 1.5m high. Round dull green leaves with pale undersides.
Well-drained, moist, light to heavy soil and semi-shade. Tolerates dry summer soil, full sun and frost. Resents poor drainage.
Hardy. Very adaptable. Moderate growth rate. Short lived.
Green or red and green, Apr-Sep. Bell-shaped. Generally flowers for long period before other spring flowers.
Early Nov to late Feb. Monitor closely as seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days of maturity.
From cuttings, which strike readily, or from seed. Take cuttings with heels in autumn or spring and treat with hormones to improve strike rate. Most sources recommend leaching seeds for several weeks, however some growers indicate seeds germinate readily without treatment. Best results when sown at warmer temperatures.
From rootstock after fire.
Good habitat. Nectar a food source for honeyeaters including the Eastern Spinebill, Yellow-faced Honeyeater, White-naped Honeyeater and New Holland Honeyeater. Seed a food for various native birds.
Excellent for dry shady sites and containers and under mature trees. Interesting foliage. Prune lightly to encourage flowering and bushy growth. Water regularly and thoroughly during growing period to encourage flowering. Resents moisture fluctuations.