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Olearia megalophylla

Large-leaf Daisy-bush

Spreading shrub with erect branches and pale brownish-red felted hairs on branchlets and underside of leaves, new growth pinkish.

Additional information

  • FamilyAsteraceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1.5-2.5 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesPaired egg-shaped leaves 6-13 cm x 10-35 mm, dark green with a network of veins obvious above.
  • Flower colourWhite with purple tips
  • Flowering timeDecember to February
  • FlowersMasses of large terminal bunches of daisy flowerheads to 35 mm across, on long stalks. 5-9 rays on each flower.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in damp forests and woodlands. Frost and snow tolerant. Dappled to semi shade.
  • Garden useWell displayed flowers with contrasting foliage for moist sheltered garden. Pruning beneficial.
  • 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.
Photographer/s: 1, 2 Ken Harris ©; 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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