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Pimelea axiflora ssp. axiflora

Bootlace Bush

Open erect or arching shrub with strong bark.

Additional information

  • FamilyThymelaeaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesPairs of soft, narrow, mid green leaves 10-75 mm x 1-12 mm, paler below.
  • Flower colourCreamy-white
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersClusters of 2-10 flowers in leaf axils. Flowers unisexual, densely hairy towards base, cluster surrounded by 2-4 hairy, papery brown or green bracts.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNectar for butterflies
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to wet well drained soils in moist to wet mountain forests and along watercourses. Frost and snow tolerant. Partial to full shade.
  • Garden useA graceful shrub for underplanting, generally not noticed until it flowers. Suits planting with ferns. Pruning from young plants will encourage bushier shape if desired.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Bark - head bands, nets. Early settlers used the bark for shoe laces.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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