Correa ‘Cardinal Bells’
Correa ‘Cardinal Bells’ is a compact shrub reaching a height of one metre.
The foliage is bright green. The eye-catching, large, tubular flowers are orange/red and appear in large numbers in the cooler months. As with all the correas the flowers, of this cultivar, are rich in nectar consequently the blooms are a magnet for honeyeaters.
The occasional tip pruning will be appreciated. The flowers bring a splash of colour to the garden in the cooler months.
Correa ‘Cardinal Bells’ was developed by the Mole Station Native Nursery near Tenterfield, in northern NSW. There is no information available on the antecedents of this attractive cultivar but by the shape of the leaves we think that a form of C. pulchella played a part in its development.
Correa ‘Autumn Blaze’ (see article) is another cultivar from the same botanical stable. An interesting low-growing hedge could be created using alternate plants of C. ‘Autumn Blaze’ and C. ‘Cardinal Bells’. This would be an ideal hedge as the border for a path. Perhaps as a flowering replacement for the ubiquitous European box plants.
Warren and Gloria Sheather