Dwarf Bottlebrush Callistemon viminalis
These garnet red blooms first caught my eye in a Harlingen parking lot. It was a dreary January day, so I felt compelled to pull in and get a closer look. What a surprise to find Dwarf Bottlebrush! I'd grown (and loved) bottlebrush for decades but didn't know there was a dwarf cultivar. This hedge is located at the southeast corner of Ed Carey and Business 77. It stands at about 3 feet tall and 3 or 4 feet wide. I would bet that it has never received any TLC, yet it thrives. It's a drought-resistant plant that performs wonderfully in the Rio Grande Valley. The day I shot these photos, bees were really working these blooms. I imagine hummingbirds love them too. I've watched this planting for over five years now . . . guess it's time for me to add it to my garden.