Erect to spreading, bushy shrub to 1.2 m high in coastal areas. Young
leaves and stems hairy, leaves scattered, variable from linear to terete, 8–17 mm
long, 0.75–1.5 mm wide. Inflorescence a terminal, dense, globular cluster of many
flowers comprising bundles of stamens up to 9 mm long often with an oily or musty
fragrance. Seeds in small grey, globular capsules 4–5 mm in diameter. Seeds are
released when the capsules are dried for 2–4 days. Seeds very fine and mixed with
sterile packing material (ovulode).
Open pollinated by a wide variety of insects seeking nectar held at the
base of each flower.
From Dongara to Walpole and common on limestone and dune areas
particularly in heathland in secondary dunes.
Readily propagated from seed mixed with equal quantities of dry sand
and sprinkled evenly over a seed raising mix in trays. Keep moist and seedlings
appear in 4–6 weeks. Prick out at the 4–6 leaf stage.
Uses in restoration:
Exceptional species in coastal restoration programs with its rapid
growth, long life expectancy and abundant flowering within two years of planting.
Must be grown in full sun with species of similar growth form such as Olearia axillaris
and Phyllanthus calycinus. Avoid exposed sites as the species is particularly susceptible
to wind and salt damage. Plant on the leeward side of taller, more protective species.
Highly susceptible to attack by native dodder laurels.
A useful smaller shrub for the home garden that produces masses of flowers