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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Stylidium armeria 
1 synonym:     Stylidium graminifolium var graminifolium 
Common Name:thrift-leaved trigger-plant 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Grass Like / Strappy, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bee Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20-60 cm x 20-30 cm
Foliage:Erect, narrow green to grey-green grass-like leaves 13-40cm long x3-14mm wide
Flowers:Small pale to bright pink or lilac flowers on erect stems. Flowers August to February.
Variable, tufted perennial herb. Effective planted in drifts. Suited to rockeries, containers and cottage gardens. The name ‘Trigger’ comes from the plants’ method of pollination. It has a sensitive trigger that is stimulated when an insect lands on the flower causing the trigger to strike the insect with a hammer-like action to cover it with pollen. Tolerates wet and dry periods once established.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us) 
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos) 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  5. [uk.inaturalist.org] ⚠ 
  6. NatureMapr (Canberra) 
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical) 

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