Hovea asperifolia ssp. asperifolia

Mountain Beauty

Erect open to dense shrub with rusty hairs on stems.

Additional information

  • SynonymHovea pannosa, Hovea longifolia var. pannosa, Hovea rosmarinifolia,
  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesNarrowly elliptic to oblong leaves spirally arranged, 1-8.8 cm x 0.2-1 cm. Upper surface very rough, arched with depressed midrib, lower densely white to rusty hairy, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourMauve
  • Flowering timeSeptember to October
  • Flowers2-3 stalkless pea flowers in leaf axils. Flowering profuse.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsOccurs locally in dry well drained slopes in forests. Dappled and semi shade.
  • Garden useSpectacular but short flowering season. Screening in shady areas. Pruning beneficial.
  • Commercially availableNo information available
  • Conservation statusRare in Victoria with few known populations. Common in a restricted number of populations within the Shire.
  • Aboriginal Use Food - young pods
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

Plant Communities

  • 07 Mountain Grey Gum Damp Forest - Central Highlands (EVC 29)
  • 20 Messmate Lowland Forest (EVC 16)
  • 16 Messmate Shrubby Foothill Forest Central Highlands/UpperYarra (EVC 45)
  • 21 Broad-leaf Peppermint Heathy Dry Forest (EVC 20)
  • 17 Messmate Herb-rich Foothill Forest (EVC 23)
  • 32 Silvertop Ash Shrubby Foothill Forest (EVC 45)
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