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Leucopogon gelidus

Drooping Beard-heath

Erect compact shrub with reddish branchlets.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesThick dark green leaves, smooth above, paler and striated below, elliptic, broader towards tip and tapering to stem, 10-25 mm x 2-6.5 mm.
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersDrooping spikes to 1.5 cm long of 3-8 tubular flowers in upper axils. Densely and shortly bearded inside. Fleshy, roundish red fruit.
  • Bird attractingBerries
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained moist soil, often in rocky areas, in subalpine forest. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled shade.
  • Garden useAn interesting plant for protected, moist sites.
  • Commercially availableNever
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: 1, 3 Mike Bayly & Alison Kellow ©; 2, 4 Marilyn Bull ©

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