Spyridium parvifolium|Dusty Miller

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Spreading shrub with densely hairy stems, often rusty.
Size (W x H)
1-2m x 1-3m
Dark green elliptic to roundish hairy, strongly veined leaves, 4-18mm x 3-13mm, with notched tips, whitish, densely hairy below. A form from the Dandenongs has leaves 25mm or more long.
Tight flat clusters of tiny honey-scented flowers at the ends of branches, surrounded by hairy white floral leaves.
Flower colour
Flower time
July to November
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils of moist forests and heathland. Frost tolerant. Some forms snow tolerant. Semi shade to dappled shade.
Commonly used for
An attractive shrub flowering for a long time, producing a distinctive honey fragrance when planted en masse. Pruning beneficial. A low form from NSW is available commercially.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts birds
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory