Melaleuca thymifolia – Thyme Honey-myrtle
Melaleuca thymifolia also called as Thyme Honey-myrtle is a general Australian shrub found in coastal regions, often in woodlands, swampy edges and heathland. This plant is most of the time noticed within spring with eye-catching purple blossoms. It is fragrant plant normally seen around one meter tall with corky bark as well as slim wiry stalks. Its leaves are thin and small. Mostly conflicting on the stalk, ten to fifteen millimeter long, one to three millimeter wide. In this plant flowers bloomed about the month of October, being purple or violet, with fluffy claws.
Height: One to 2 meter tall
Uses: Very crucial oil is obtained from the leaves of this plant which is comparable with the superior Eucalyptus oils. The oil also used in medicines, perfumery, insect repellents, paint solvents, etc.
Planting tips: The planting pot must be kept out of direct sunlight for preventing higher temperature from damaging the seeds and the seeds must germinate in fourteen to thirty days.
Soil type: It prefers well drained rich fertilizer soil
Pruning: Pruning is essential for such plant in order to keep them well maintained. However, pruning should be done after the plants have flower.
Water requirement: Regular watering is required but once the plant is established, then very minimal watering is required.
Pests and problems: It can be attacked by various pests and diseases, so you should be watchful about it.
Climate: It prefers most of the Australian climate for growth, especially Canberra and South Australia like regions.