Family: Frankeniaceae

Native to coastal areas in temperate and sub-tropical climates, these low-growing or pros­trate, evergreen subshrubs and perennials are somewhat heath-like in appearance, with thin stems and tiny leaves. In the right climate they can be grown in seaside gardens, particularly as groundcover.


F. laevis is a carpet-like, trailing species, with gray-green foliage which turns a reddish brown colour in autumn. In spring, it is dotted with stemless, rose pink, papery flowers.

F. pauci­flora is a widespread, prostrate, mat-like Australian native, with some erect branchlets, grayish green leaves and small, pink or white flowers. It can tolerate salt marsh conditions.

F. thymifolia, to 4 cm (1½ in), has a prostrate, creeping habit and larger, pink flowers.


In frosty areas, grow in a cool green-house or conservatory. These shrubs tolerate salty air and sandy soil. Propagate by division in autumn or from seed sown under glass, or in seed beds in early spring. Transplant in autumn.


Zone 9.

Fouquieria      Fraxinus