Mitrasacme serpyllifolia

Thyme Mitrewort

Prostrate perennial herb, often forming a mat, with weak, hairless or sparsely hairy stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyLoganiaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 10-20 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesNarrowly egg-shaped to elliptic leaves 2-12 mm x 1-6 mm, hairless or with hairs along recurved margins, tip blunt. Leaves paired, each pair at right angles to the next, joined at base.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeNovember to February, sporadic at other times
  • FlowersTiny, single, bell-shaped flowers to 4 mm wide on hairless stalks to 10 mm long, in upper leaf axils. Small fruit is round but flattened.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsPoorly drained to freely draining moist soils in foothill forests locally. Full sun, semi shade. Frost and snow tolerant.
  • Garden useA ground cover for rockeries and small gardens in moist sites and in mountain areas to 600+m. Container planting, especially as a weeping living mulch over the pot edge.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites, possibly remaining in one site. Last collectioned in other sites in 1907 and 1918.
Photographer/s: Richard Hartland ©

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