Acacia verticillata|Prickly Moses

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Variable spreading or erect shrub or small tree.
Size (W x H)
3-5m x 2-6m
Narrow to narrow lance-shaped, flat dark green leaves 12-25mm x 0.5-3mm wide, in regular whorls (rings) of 6, narrowing gradually to a sharp point. Single-veined on each side.
Flowerheads in 1-3 axillary cylindrical spikes more than 1cm long. Narrow compressed pods are barely constricted between seeds, 2-8cm x 3-5mm.
Flower colour
Light yellow
Flower time
June to December
Growing conditions
Moist sandy or clay soils of foothill forests, withstanding periods of waterlogging. Shade.
Commonly used for
Excellent bird habitat in moist or wet areas. Suits winter wet, summer dry sites. Prune for bushiness.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory