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Astroloma humifusum

Cranberry Heath

Dense spreading mat plant.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size10-50 cm x 1-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSmall narrow prickly leaves 5-18 mm x 0.6-3 mm.
  • Flower colourBright red
  • Flowering timeMost of the year especially winter.
  • FlowersTubular flowers usually singly along the branches. Round green fruit is edible.
  • Bird attractingNectar, berries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained dryer soils, tolerating dry periods once established. Grows in open forest. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useA low plant, attractive in flower, for rockeries, underplanting trees, on embankments. Responds to pruning although generally dense.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusScattered within the Shire. Widespread in Victoria.
  • Aboriginal Use Food
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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