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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Patersonia occidentalis var. occidentalis
Common Name:long purple flag , purple flag
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained
20-80 cm x 30-60 cm
Foliage:Narrow erect flat leaves 8-55 cm x 2-10 mm, sometimes with brown margins and maroon bases. Convex on one surface.
Flowers:Terminal clusters of 2-6 of bluish-purple or white flowers, 3 outer lobes larger and spreading, 3 inner lobes small, erect. Stems longer than leaves to 85 cm. Flower clusters surrounded by 2 brown to black bracts, September-January
Compact tufting perennial herb. Frog habitat.

  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. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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