Common Cassinia, Dogwood, Cauliflower Bush, Dolly Bush, Mountain Itch.
Cassinia, after French botanist Count Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781-1832).
Presence in Australia
Noted mainly east of the Olympic Highway, and south of Billabong Creek.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas.
Sclerophyll forest, woodland and heath on sandy or gravely soils.
Erect shrub 1-2.5m high with narrow aromatic dark-green leaves 1-3cm long, and downy branches.
Distinguish Cassinias by leaves. Common Cassinia has shorter and more narrow leaves than Shiny Cassinia, and a different flowering time.
Moist, well-drained soil and semi-shade. Tolerates dry soil, full sun and drought.
Fast-growing pioneer. Short-lived. Adaptable. Flowers may cause dermatitis.
Creamy white or straw coloured, summer-autumn.
Early Dec - late Mar. Seeds released 3-14 days after maturity. Cut seed-bearing heads off and dry in paper bag. Break up seedhead and sieve to extract seed.
From seed or cuttings. Surface-sow fine seed and cover lightly. Seedlings very small and may be difficult to handle. Direct sowing into pots recommended. Take cuttings about 15cm long with heels in summer.
From seed after disturbance. Establishes very well when direct seeded.
Shade and shelter
Useful for quick low-level cover in windbreaks.
Colonises bare sites.
May be food source for native birds including the Red-rumped Parrot, Turquoise Parrot, Yellow Rosella and Eastern Rosella.
Valuable screen and specimen due to long, prolific flowering. Remove old flowerheads and prune heavily to promote flowering and dense growth.
Foliage used in cut flower arrangements.