Asterolasia trymaliodes ssp. trymaliodes

Alpine Star-bush

Low to upright rigid bushy shrub with rusty hairs on branches. Young growth smells of parsnip.

Additional information

  • FamilyRutaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-50 cm x 0.5-1 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesCrowded glossy dark green spoon-shaped leaves 3-9 mm x 2-4 mm, warty and becoming hairless above, white to rusty hairy below, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • Flowers1-3 terminal starry flowers to 15 mm across.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in subalpine heathland. Frost and snow tolerant. Full sun to semi shade. Limited distribution within the Shire.
  • Garden useA beautiful floriferous small shrub or groundcover for cottage gardens, small gardens, rockeries and containers.
  • Commercially availableRarely
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1 Geoff Lay, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©; 2 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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