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Acaena novae-zelandiae|Bidgee-widgee

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Spreading matting plant, rooting from leaf nodes.
Size (W x H)
Prostrate x 1-4m
Bright green oblong divided (pinnate) leaves to 40mm with 7-11 toothed leaflets which increase in size from bottom to top.
Balls of small flowers on long stalks. Balls of reddish fruits to 25mm are covered in burrs.
Flower colour
Flower time
October to January
Growing conditions
Widespread in moist to dry sites in clay and sandy soils. Full sun to full shade.
Commonly used for
Erosion control through soil binding. Ground cover assisting with moisture retention. Burrs stick to clothing but may restrict foot traffic.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
Attracts frogs
Photo gallery
Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory