Lissanthe strigosa ssp. subulata

Peach Heath

Rigid open much-branched prickly suckering shrub with downy branchlets.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.1-1 m x 0.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesErect to spreading stiff prickly narrow to lance-shaped leaves, 6-17 mm x 0.7-2 mm, whitish below between raised parallel veins.
  • Flower colourPink or white, pink sepals
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersClusters of 2-9 small highly fragrant urn-shaped flowers in upper leaf axils, calyx tiny, flowers slightly downy or hairy. Round succulent fruit.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry well drained soils in dry forests and woodlands. Semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive shrub in flower for underplanting in shrubberies, treed areas and rockeries.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - fruit
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 Murray Fagg © Australian National Botanic Garden; 3, 5 Brian Walters ©; 4 Andrew Brown, NatureShare ©

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