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Hovea linearis|Common Hovea

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Description
Open straggling to erect hairy subshrub.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.5m x 0.3m
Leaves
Lower leaves egg-shaped to elliptic 1-5cm x 2-16mm, upper leaves narrow 1.4-11cm x 3-10mm. Upper surface arched beside midrib, hairy below.
Flowers
Stalkless axillary clusters of 2-3 small pea flowers. Round green pods turn black when ripe.
Flower colour
Mauve
Flower time
July to October
Growing conditions
Dry well drained shallow clay or gravelly soils in open forests of the foothills. Light frosts. Semi shade to dappled shade.
Commonly used for
Dainty little undershrub for treed or sheltered area. Plant in groups for effect.
Available at indigenous nursery
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Acknowledgement
Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory