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Patersonia occidentalis|Long Purple-flag

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Compact tufting perennial herb.
Size (W x H)
0.3-0.6m x 0.2-0.4m
Narrow erect flat leaves 8-55cm x 2-10mm, sometimes with brown margins and maroon bases. Convex on one surface.
Terminal clusters of 2-6 flowers, 3 outer lobes larger and spreading, 3 inner lobes small, erect. Stems longer than leaves to 85cm. Flower clusters surrounded by 2 brown to black bracts.
Flower colour
Bluish-purple or white
Flower time
September to January
Growing conditions
Poorly drained areas tolerating wet winter and dry summer soils in heaths, woodlands and open forests. Tolerates light frosts. Full sun, semi shade.
Commonly used for
An attractive plant for rockeries, water features and bog gardens. Will tolerate quite dry garden conditions. Flowers open in the morning and close up by early afternoon.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts frogs
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory