Chinese Shrub, Sifton Bush, Chinese Scrub, Biddy Bush, Drooping Cassinia, Australian Tauhinu, Chinese Tea-scrub, Chinese-scrub, Chinese-shrub, Sifting Bush, Tear Shrub.
Cassinia, after French botanist Count Alexandre Henri Gabriel de Cassini (1781-1832).
Up to 2m.
Presence in Australia
Not as widespread as Common Cassinia (C. aculeata), but can be found throughout most of the region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Wide range of habitats and soils.
Small open aromatic shrub to 2m high. Small narrow leaves and white woolly long slender branches. Scattered plants or dense clumps.
Well-drained soil. Open position in semi-shade. Tolerates moist soil, full sun and drought. Resents poor drainage.
Fast-growing. Strong curry smell and drooping plumes of brownish flowerheads. Declared noxious weed in Culcairn Shire due to colonising habit.
Shiny pale-brown flowerheads, spring-autumn.
Early Feb to late Jun. Seeds released 3-14 days after maturity.
From seed. Surface sow fine seed and cover lightly. Seedlings very small and may be difficult to handle. Direct sowing into pots recommended.
Germinates any time of year and grows rapidly.
Readily colonises disturbed and bare soils. Useful for reclaiming gravel pits or mine dumps.
May be food source for native birds including the Red-rumped Parrot, Turquoise Parrot, Yellow Rosella and Eastern Rosella.
Attractive, graceful and easily grown. Remove old flowerheads to promote flowering and dense growth.
Foliage suitable for cut flower arrangements.