Sunday, July 17, 2011

Bottlebrush - Alissa Duke

Bottlebrush (callistimon) is found in East and South East Australia from tropical to temperate zones. This flower spike that I have drawn usually occurs in Spring & Summer. It is winter here, so this species must be a little different.They are a very familiar plant here, found in the bush, in backyard gardens, and also in parks.

The bottlebrush is a very hardy plant and commonly used by local councils in parks and alongside footpaths on the nature strip. They have a lovely striking flower, which attracts the rainbow lorikeet bird. I have drawn a two rainbow lorikeets on this blog. I have not been able to figure out how to add the link here or include the image, but they will come up in a search of the site


  1. its lovely, just lovely,, I will go search for the lorikeet,, in your blog,, lol,,, not the bush,, I live in Canada,, don't think we have lorikeets here,, lol,, happy sunday to you

  2. Excellent sketch Alissa, so very beautiful! And how I miss my Bottlebrush (Callistemon) which I had in my previous garden, they grow very well here in South Africa, even under the most hardiest of conditions. You've just reminded me now and I will be visiting the garden centre this week!

  3. This is wonderful, Alissa! I sketched this plant in California, but I like yours so much better...

  4. Very nice sketch of the Bottlebrush!!


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