Trochocarpa clarkei

Lilac Berry

Dense mounding shrub with downy branchlets, sometimes rooting at nodes.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size20-50 cm x 50-80 cm
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesSpreading oblong to elliptic dark green leaves 3-11 mm x 1.2-3.5 mm with blunt tip, paler below with 3-7 almost parallel veins, margins serrated.
  • Flower colourMaroon, greenish towards base
  • Flowering timeNovember to March
  • FlowersDense axillary spikes of 5-11 bell-shaped flowers on old wood, occasionally terminal, 5 dense tufts of spreading hairs in throat of tube. Fleshy round bluish-purple berry-like fruit.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist sheltered positions in wet mountain and subalpine forests, usually growing near rocks.
  • Garden useAttractive mounding shrub for rockeries and cottage gardens in sheltered areas.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria, locally common in few populations. Most populations fall outside the Shire.
Photographer/s: Neville Walsh, Royal Botanic Gardens Board ©

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