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Eucalyptus in South Carolina?

By Amanda Whatley Owen

web posted January 23, 2018
GARDENING – Ever wondered what the tallest known flowering plant on earth is? Well, it is the Eucalyptus Plant. Everyone is familiar with Eucalyptus oils and it's many benefits to us as humans, but what about the plant itself within your own landscape! There are over 700 different species of Eucalyptus, most being native to Australia. But a few, such as the Sliver Drop Eucalyptus plant, will grow right here in South Carolina.

In case you were wondering what some of the benefits of Eucalyptus oil were, there are a wide variety of uses for this oil.  A well know favorite is taking a piece or two of the actual plant, or placing oils from the plant in your shower. The steam from the shower will generate the Eucalyptus aroma which provides relief with sinus congestion, headaches, and coughing.  It also helps relieve joint pain, muscles aches, and provides some relief with asthma.  It can help calm the mind so that you can relax.
 
Eucalyptus is also used in a wide variety of natural household cleaners and organic insect replants. The oils also can be found in some hair products to simulate hair growth.  Lastly, the oils from this plant or just breaking off a pieces of this plant and rubbing it on your skin will help with irritating rashes.
 
Let's not forget how awesome these plants are in your landscape.  The Silver Drop Eucalyptus is a sun loving, drought tolerate, and cold hardy shrub. To make it even better, this shrub in an evergreen, so even in the winter it's beauty stays pure. I love this plant in a landscape.  Many would refer to the Eucalyptus as a filler plant that simply fills any random void in your landscape.
 
Reaching only about three feet tall and a foot wide this is an excellent plant to also have in an outdoor container arrangement on the patio. The beautiful bright pink blooms will hang around through the spring and early summer.  The Silver Drop Eucalyptus is favored by landscapers, and even doctors but it's a hit with Florist as well.  The foliage makes for an excellent arrangement within a bridal bouquet.   

Here are a few quick tips when growing this plant within your landscape.  Be sure to lightly prune each spring and that is it. Next to no pest problems, mold, mildew…nothing. I highly recommend this plant to gardeners who want minimal upkeep in their yard or landscape.


Next week in Mandy's Friendly Garden, we will jump back into our spring checklist and discuss different types of mulch, and pine straw and what would be best in your yard.




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