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Bidgee widgee

Acaena novae-zelandiae

A perennial creeping herb that grows 10cm high and 1 metre wide, with bright green notched leaves and balls of greenish white flowers on stalks from September to December. The flower balls turn into balls of seed with reddish burrs. This plant grows in moist to dry sites in clay and sandy soils and full sun to part shade. It can be used to bind soils, as a ground cover to assist with moisture retention and is good frog habitat. The burrs stick to clothing but may restrict foot traffic. This plant is a valuable source of food for the orange-bellied parrot.

Type: 
Groundcover
Perennial herb
Height: 
0 - 0.5m
Maintenance: 
Low
Flowering Time: 
Spring
Light: 
Sun
Part Shade
Water Requirement: 
Low
Tolerates: 
Heavy and Clay soil
Sandy Soil
Biodiversity Benefits: 
Birds
Lizard Habitat
Plant Origin: 
Local Native
Natural Occurence: 
Vic/NSW/SA/Tas

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