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Geraldton Wax

Chamelaucium uncinatum

Also known as

Geraldton wax flower, Wax flower

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Full Sun
Moderate care
Light watering


RHS hardiness


Minimum temperature

Expected size









  • spring
  • summer
  • autumn
  • winter

This plant has no fragrance

Geraldton Wax Overview

Geraldton Wax is relatively hardy and fairly easy to grow in a Mediterranean climate with well-drained sandy soil and a sunny aspect. It can be grown in areas of higher humidity, but tends to be short-lived. It is good in pots. It is very drought-tolerant and has aromatic leaves. There are numerous hybrids Geraldton wax available from nurseries and it is often grown for cut flowers.

Common problems with Geraldton Wax

Root disease (phytophthora and pythium) can be a problem if soil conditions are not correct and the plant have a bit of stress.

How to harvest Geraldton Wax

Harvest flowers when 20 to 70% are open, in the cool of the morning. Split the woody stems vertically with secateurs and place directly into a bucket of water with flower food before arranging in a vase.

How to propagate Geraldton Wax


Root greenwood cuttings in early summer and semi-ripe cuttings in late summer. Use a rooting hormone powder to help form roots.


Surface-sow seeds in spring time.

Special features of Geraldton Wax

Attracts useful insects

Attracts bees

Pot plant

Can be planted into containers, make sure potting mix is course, mixture and pot must drain well.

Drought resistant

Hedge plant

Attractive flowers

Other uses of Geraldton Wax

Used for cut flowers, drought tolerant.

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