Mallee Bush-pea, Small-leafed Eutaxia, Eutaxia, Common Eutaxia, Spiny Bushpea.
Eutaxia microphylla, Eutaxia microphylla var. microphylla.
Eutaxia, from Greek eu, well, and taxis, order arrangement, probably referring to the regimented leaf arrangement. Microphylla, from Greek micros, small, and phyllon, leaf, referring to small leaves.
Presence in Australia
Noted west of the Olympic Highway in the areas Urana-Rand-Corowa; Long Plain-West Hume; Burrumbuttock-West Hume; Walla Walla and Brookong.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Mallee, Mugga Ironbark communities and various woodlands.
Variable, low, dense, intricate or erect perennial shrub. Tiny linear grey-green leaves and brown twiggy stems, sometimes spiny-tipped.
Open position in dry, well-drained soil and full sun. Tolerates wet winter soil, full shade, most frost and drought. Resents poorly-drained soil.
Adapts to most soils.
Yellow and red, sometimes all yellow, spring. Profuse.
Late Nov to mid Feb. Monitor closely as seeds shed soon after maturity.
From scarified seed or cuttings, which strike readily. Pour very hot water over seeds and soak until water cools. Dry to prevent rotting and sow. Germination takes 3-4 weeks.
Useful in controlling soil erosion in small areas due to fibrous roots. Legume, improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Excellent for containers, pool edges, groundcover, rockeries, hanging baskets and under trees. Prune severely to promote bushiness. Popular in cultivation.