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Sprengelia incarnata

Pink Swamp-heath

Prickly erect shrub.

Additional information

  • FamilyEricaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.8-2 m x 0.2-0.7 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesStiff, spreading egg-shaped to lance-shaped, concave leaves 3-20 mm x 2-6 mm, base stem-sheathing, sharp point on tip.
  • Flower colourPink
  • Flowering timeJune to December
  • FlowersDense leafy spikes of small flowers in axils of top 1-8 cm of branchlets. 5-10 pointed bracts below flower; sepals and petals similar, narrowly triangular and erect to spreading.
  • Bird attractingNectar
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWet, peaty and sandy soils in heathland, sedgelands and swamps, generally at lower altitudes. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade.
  • Garden useA beautiful plant for a well drained wet area such as along creeks and drainage lines. Suitable for containers. Pruning is beneficial.
  • Commercially availableSpecialist Australian plant nursery
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: 1 Kevin Sparrow, NatureShare ©; 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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