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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Leucopogon virgatus
synonym:   Choristemon humilis
Common Name:common beard heath
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:The berries can be eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Infertile, Well Drained
up to 50 cm high
Foliage:Erect, concave, lance-shaped leaves ending in a sharp point.
Flowers:Flowers are white from June to October. Small dense spikes of fragrant densely bearded, bell-shaped flowers, crowded in axils near the ends of branchlets.

Erect wiry shrub. Birds like the berries as did the aboriginals. Tolerates hard pruning.

Well drained infertile or sandy soils in heathlands and light open forests. Frost and snow tolerant.

  1. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  2. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  3. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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