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Common Centuary

Common Centuary

Common Centaury

Centaurium erythraea

Erect, biennial herb to 0.5 m high, growing from a small basal rosette. The triangular leaves are arranged opposite each other on the erect stems and the erect flower heads may contain many small, pink-lavender flowers to 1 cm across, flat-faced with yellow anthers from December to March. The fruit is a cylindrical capsule.

Threat / Problem
• Forms dense patches in disturbed coastal dunes, outcompeting native plants.

Spread
• Wind, water and movement of soil.

Control
• Hand pull or spot spray

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Coastal Bonefruit

Coastal Bonefruit

Coastal Bonefruit

Threlkeldia diffusa

Much branched prostrate to erect perennial shrub to 0.3 m high. Succulent leaves 0.5-3 cm long, often tinged red. Flowers are small, green and inconspicuous from May to November. Small purple fruits are edible.

Good groundcover for sandy sites and erosion control on sloping sites.

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Coastal Bonefruit

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Common Sea Heath

Common Sea Heath

Common Sea Heath

Frankenia pauciflora

Highly variable prostrate to ascending shrub, stems sometimes reddish, up to 0.5 m high.

Leaves are fleshy, 0.3-1.3 cm long. Small, pink flowers with 5 petals are produced from June to February.

Drought, salt and lime tolerance makes it a great ground cover for coastal gardens.

Common Sea Heath

Common Sea Heath

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