Descriptions of Registered Cultivars
ORIGIN: Pimelea 'Bonne Petite' is a colour form selected from natural populations of Pimelea ferruginea in south-west Western Australia. The cultivar was first received by the Authority in 1984. Registration was applied for by N Peate, Plant Growers Australia, Victoria.
DESCRIPTION: This cultivar is a very compact shrub to 0.7m tall by 0.7m wide. The flowers are cerise pink in clusters and are found in the spring Leaves oval shaped and ca. 12mm long.
DIAGNOSIS: Pimelea 'Bonne Petite' is very similar to P. 'Magenta Mist' but differs in the following ways. P. 'Bonne Petite' has a shorter internode distance making it more compact; the flower heads are slightly smaller, being 20-25mm across compared with 30mm for P. 'Magenta Mist'; the flowers are a paler pink; the flower colour fades less quickly; the leaf apex is slightly pointed compared to the rounded apex of P. 'Magenta Mist'.
CULTIVATION HISTORY: Chosen as the Shrub of the Year in 1980 by the Tree & Shrub Growers of Victoria.
CULTIVATION NOTES: This selection requires similar conditions as P. ferruginea for successful culture. It requires a well drained sunny to dappled shade position. It tends to be short lived (root rot) in humid or wet summers. It is frost hardy and withstands dry conditions. Propagation must be by vegetative means to retain the cultivar form. It is a useful specimen shrub all year round.
COLOUR CODE: RHS Colour Chart 1966
inside perianth: Red-Purple 58A
outside perianth: Red-Purple 65 at top darkening toward base to Red-Purple 63D
leaves: Green Group 137A
ACRA REFERENCES: ACC344, ACRA110/288, CBG8406530/8801147
ACCEPTED FOR REGISTRATION ON: 16 October 1992