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Bossiaea prostrata

Creeping Bossiaea

Creeping or matting subshrub. Stems may be flattened towards tips.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 0.5-1.5
  • Plant groupingLilies & Irises
  • LeavesSmall round to oblong leaves 3-24 mm x 2-10 mm scattered along stems. Fine stipules at base of leaves.
  • Flower colourYellow and brown
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • Flowers1 or 2 well displayed pea flowers on long fine stalks
  • Bird attractingSeeds
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained situations with a preference for moister sites. Full sun, semi shade to full shade.
  • Garden useTrailing plant for understorey planting. Not noticed until it comes into flower. Looks good amongst grasses. Could be grown in large tubs with other plants.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
Photographer/s: 1 Owen Gooding ©; 2 Healesville Sanctuary ©; 3 Peter Kinchington ©

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