Herbs Weed profiles & Native alternatives
I’M A WEED
Untidily branched shrub to 0.5 m high. Top growth dries off and each year new growth arises from the perennial basal rosette. Leaves are highly variable, some deeply lobed and others entire
(leaf edge not toothed, lobed or divided) 3-15 cm long by 0.4-5 cm wide. White, pink or dark red flowering heads are dense and rounded, on the ends of the erect stems. Fruit is oblong and bristly to 3 cm long by 2 cm wide and releases seeds when dry.
Threat / Problem
• Fast-growing and readily invades disturbed areas.
• Reproduces from seed, spread by wind water and soil movement.
• Manually remove isolated plants and spot spray larger infestations.
GROW ME INSTEAD
Perennial herb to 0.4 m high with basal leaves forming an ascending rosette. Leaves are stem clasping, and hairy on both surfaces giving them a silvery woolly look. They are narrow oblong 4-12 cm long by 0.8-2 cm wide. Flowers have five unequal lobes, are yellow with fine purple striations, and can be up to 2 cm wide,
mainly from spring to summer.
Propagation is by seed and by suckering shoots that produce plantlets. Grows in mallee and woodland in sunny positions on well-drained soils.
OR GROW ME
Silver mulla mulla
Rounded perennial shrub, 0.1-1 m high, much-branched from the base or from the top (then forming terminal clusters), intricate branchlets and foliage softly hairy, giving entire plant a silver/grey look. Leaves are rounded, 1-4 cm long by 0.5-2 cm wide. Flowers are light pink to white in short-cylindrical fluffy spikes up to five.
Interesting plant for grey/silver gardens.
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