Once established this large flowering shrub produces spicy scented flowers from December through to March.
The alluring pale waxy-yellow, bowl- or bell-shaped flowers are noticeably stained with red. They have many petals with outer tepals that are almost transparent. And are held in clusters along the branches making them noticeable from a distance.
Given the backdrop of a warm sunny south-facing or east-facing wall, this slow-growing shrub has the potential to reach up to 4m tall. To reach this height it will take 10-20 years. But it will soon reward with its potpourri violet-like scented blooms.
Much like the flowers, the leaves, which resemble spearheads, have a sweet-smelling aroma when crushed.
The variety ‘Grandiflorus’ has the largest flowers, which can be smelled from up to 50 yards away. The flowering stems are prized by flower arrangers who often cut them and bring them indoors to act as a natural, sweet-smelling air freshener.