Pimelea octophylla

Woolly Rice-flower

Slender erect hairy shrub, new growth densely hairy.

Additional information

  • FamilyThymelaeaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.4-1 m x 0.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesAlternate silvery to dark blue-green narrowly elliptic leaves 3-18 mm x 1-6 mm. Long white hairs on both sides when young.
  • Flower colourCreamy-yellow
  • Flowering timeOctober to December
  • FlowersMasses of terminal nodding 25-45 flowered heads of perfumed, woolly flowers. 6-12 densely hairy pale green bracts, shorter than flowers. Flowers bisexual or female.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained shallow (and sandy) soils in woodlands locally. Frost tolerant. Full sun or semi shade.
  • Garden useVery floriferous for small gardens and rockeries in open soil. Prefers a warm position. Will tolerate extended dry periods.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites.
Photographer/s: 1 Russell Best, NatureShare ©; 2 David Hartland ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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