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Comesperma ericinum

Heath Milkwort

Narrow erect shrub.

Additional information

  • FamilyPolygalaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.5 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesSmall dark green elliptic to oblong leaves 5-15 mm x 1-4 mm, blue-green below.
  • Flower colourMagenta pink
  • Flowering timeOctober to February
  • FlowersSprays of small pea-like flowers massed at the end of branches.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist soils, tolerating wet periods. Light frosts. Partial shade.
  • Garden useBeautiful plant for containers and moist areas. Prune to encourage bushiness.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusScattered within the Shire. More common in the ranges of eastern Victoria and East Gippsland.
Photographer/s: 1 Chris Lindorff, NatureShare ©; 2 Chris Clarke, NatureShare ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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