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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Myth Buster:Wattles rarely cause hayfever (it is mostly grasses)
Botanical Name:Acacia paradoxa
4 synonyms:   Acacia armata , Acacia undulata , Mimosa paradoxa , Racosperma paradoxum
Common Name:acacia hedge , hedge wattle , kangaroo acacia , kangaroo thorn , paradox acacia , prickly mosses , prickly wattle , wild irishman
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bird Attracting, Hedging
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
2-4 m x 2-5 m
Foliage:Oblong to narrow dark green leaves, wavy along one edge, midrib off centre, 8-30 mm x 2-7 mm, sharply pointed tip.
Flowers:Single large gold ball-shaped flowerheads on slender stalks in each leaf axil. Narrow straight or curved pods 2-6 cm x 3-5 mm, densely covered in erect white hairs, August-November

A very ornamental fast-growing wattle suited as a hedge or screen. The thorny habit provides an ideal refuge for birds. It may be established below existing trees. Hardy, drought tolerant.

Straggling to dense spreading shrub, branchlets ribbed and hanging down. It has spreading pairs of thorns to 1 cm at the base of leaves. Found in dry to moist well-drained situations in open forests.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Greening Australia
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  5. Australian Plant Society (NSW)
  6. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  7. Australian National Botanic Garden
  8. Flora of Australia
  9. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

Propagation: From scarified seed or boiling water treatment.

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