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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Acaena novae-zelandiae
2 synonyms:   Acaena anserinifolia , Acaena sanguisorbae ssp. novae-zelandiae
Common Name:biddy-biddy , bidgee-widgee , buzzy , piri-piri bur , red bidibid
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm)
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Sandy, Clay, Dry, Moist
Size
(HxW):
1-4 m wide
Foliage:Bright green oblong divided (pinnate) leaves to 40 mm with 7-11 toothed leaflets which increase in size from bottom to top.
Flowers:Balls of small greenish-white flowers on long stalks. Balls of reddish fruits to 25 mm are covered in brown burrs, October-January
General
Comments:
Soil binding plant. Birds are attracted to the seeds and it makes a good frog habitat. Erosion control through soil binding. Ground cover assisting with moisture retention. Burrs stick to clothing but may restrict foot traffic


Further
Information:
  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. iNaturalist
  6. Agriculture Victoria
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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