Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
|Botanical Name:||Leucopogon virgatus 1 synonym: Choristemon humilis|
|Common Name:||common beard heath|
|Sold As:||Tube ($2.00)|
|Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use|
|Indigenous Plant Use:||The berries can be eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!|
|Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Infertile, Well Drained
|up to 50 cm high|
|Foliage:||Erect, concave, lance-shaped leaves ending in a sharp point.|
|Flowers:||Flowers are white from June to October. Small dense spikes of fragrant densely bearded, bell-shaped flowers, crowded in axils near the ends of branchlets.|
Erect wiry shrub. Birds like the berries as did the aboriginals. Tolerates hard pruning.
Well drained infertile or sandy soils in heathlands and light open forests. Frost and snow tolerant.