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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Hakea decurrens ssp. physocarpa
Common Name:bushy needlewood
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist
Size
(HxW):
2-5 m x 1-3 m
Foliage:Leaves stiff and needle-like, grooved below and widely spreading from stem, 1-5-8 cm x 0.7-1.6 mm, longer close to flowers.
Flowers:Cluster of 3-6 hairy, fragrant white (sometimes pink) flowers in leaf axils. Fruit - prominent, rough with a double-pointed beak, 1-2.5 cm wide, May-September
General
Comments:

Pruning beneficial, bird habitat. Open to dense erect prickly shrub with fine silky hairs, especially on young branchlets. Nectar for butterflies.

Habitat plant providing protection to birds. Prickly nature can control traffic movement. Flowers displayed well. Tough plant for most positions.



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. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)


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