This is one of the many hard-wooded plants or dwarf shrubs introduced to Europe in the early days of Australian discovery. They are very popular in British gardens, more so than with us. The chorizema can scarcely be called a valuable commercial plant, although either for cutting or well grown moderate sized plants we can think of several plants that have become popular with us and not so worthy the florist's time or labor as this pretty pea flowered orange and red chorizema.
It is usually raised from cuttings put into sand with a little bottom heat in January or February, and once well rooted grows on. Those who have written of this plant recommend loam and peat for a compost. If you can't get peat conveniently it is not essential. A turfy loam broken up with some leaf-mold or old hotbed compost will do it very well. Like all Australian plants a slight rest during summer is natural. With large plants this can be done by plunging them outside during the summer months, but young plants for the first two years are better kept under glass and all the rest wanted will be a slight shortening of water. Give them the fullest light at all times. To make the plants bushy and compact they can be pruned or cut back, which is best done in spring after blooming. There are three or four species besides varieties or forms of these, but C. illicifolium is the most valuable to a florist.
The chorizema is grown in the open in southern California and southern Florida. When not grown too soft they will stand slight frost at times. Excellent for training on pillars and rafters.