Cymbonotus preissianus

Austral Bear’s-ears

Hairy herb forming a rosette.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 10-30 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesIrregularly toothed to lobed egg-shaped to elliptic leaves, 4-15 cm x 2-5 cm, green above, velvety white below.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeMost of the year
  • FlowersSingle daisy flowerheads 8-20 mm across on long stalks.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDryish to moist open forests. Semi to full shade.
  • Garden useDandelion-like herb which has attractive hairy leaves. Use in sheltered rockeries and scattered amongst trees.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from few local sites where it is scattered.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - roots (other species and possibly this species)
  • Related speciesThere is reputed to be a collection of Cymbonotus lawsonianus in 1906 in the former Shire of Sherbrooke. It differs in having shorter leaf and flower stalks and smaller, curved, downy seeds which have a deep hole on one face.
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Marilyn Bull ©; 2 Marty White/SYR ©;

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