Myoporum parvifolium Purpurea

Myoporum parvifolium Purpurea- Purple creeping boobialla

Myoporum parvifolium Purpurea

Myoporum parvifolium Purpurea- Purple creeping boobialla is an evergreen ground cover. It has waxy green/purple leaves. In late spring- early summer its almost completely covered in small pinky-purple flowers.

A great ground cover for banks, cascading over retaining walls, placement in Australian native gardens and even helping to fill gaps in a cottage garden.

Grow it in a position in full sun or part shade. It will produce more flowers in full sun. Prefers moist well drained soil. Keep moist during summer and give it a trim as needed. Very hardy.

Cultural notes

Botanical name: Myoporum parvifolium Purpurea

Common name: Purple creeping boobialla

Family: Myoporaceae

Native to: Australia

Flowers: late spring-summer

Position: Full sun/Part shade

Height: 20cm

Width: 2m

Is myoporum purpurea frost sensitive?

Not at all. At least not in our climate.

It's not uncommon for overnight temperatures to go as low as -5C here in West Gippsland. We have never lost any myoporum purpurea to frost.

Often we pot them up during middle-late winter. The tube stock is small and vulnerable yet still no issues.

When should i plant myoporum purpurea?

You can plant myoporum purpurrea at anytime throughout the year. If planting in summer or during periods of drought keep the water up to them until they have at least doubled in size.

Once the plants have doubled in size they should be able to look after themselves. Myoporums are quite drought resistant once established.

When should i cutback my myoporum plants?

After flowering. The plants usually flower around Christmas time here in victoria.

Once flowering has finished the plants tend to look a little ratty and worse for wear. Giving them an annual hard prune at this time of year will force the foliage to rejuvenate and within a few weeks the plants will look good as gold.

What plants go well with myoporum?

We like to add different myoporums into a landscape. There are 3 other varieties of ground cover myoporums that we grow: fine leaf, broad leaf and pink form.

Pest and diseases.

These plants are very easy to look after and have no issues with pests and diseases that we have experienced.

How do you propagate myoporum parvifolium purpurea?

We take cutting and strike them in a mix of perlite and peat moss. To read more information on myoporum propagation click the link to read this article or watch the short video below.