Blue Pincushion, Blue Pincushion., Native Cornflower, Pincushion, Pincushion.
Presence in Australia
Noted in most areas in region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Dry sclerophyll forest, woodland and open sand dune communities.
Perennial herb with short stem to 30cm and small rosette of soft silky leaves.
Prefers open position in dry well-drained soil and full sun. Tolerates wet winter soil and semi-shade. Tolerates drought. Summer watering kills plants.
Lifespan is 3 years maximum.
Striking deep blue pin-cushion-shaped flowers, Sep-Nov.
Mid Dec to mid Mar. Monitor closely as seeds released 3-14 days after mature.
From fresh seed, or division in Aug. May be difficult to establish, with plants dying after one year. Treat as annual by collecting seed for replanting.
Good habitat. Nectar for native butterflies or moths.
Outstanding ornamental. Excellent for containers and informal garden drifts. Plant in groups for best effect.