Asperula pusilla

Alpine Woodruff

Tufted erect to trailing perennial herb, spreading on slender underground stems. Rough square stems have spreading or downward curved hairs.

Additional information

  • FamilyApiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Sizestems to 10 cm long
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSmall shiny narrow leaves in rings of 6, 2-8 mm x 1.5 mm, bluntly tipped, small rough hairs mostly on midrib below, margins curved under.
  • Flower colourWhite or pinkish
  • Flowering timeOctober to March
  • FlowersSmall tubular flowers in terminal and upper axillary clusters of 1-3, male and female on separate plants.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soil in subalpine grassland and woodland. Snow tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useLittle plant for moist spots in cool areas.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Peter Kinchington ©

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