Common Hovea, Bird"s-eye, Blue Bonnet, Linear-leaved Hovea.
Hovea linearis, Hovea heterophylla.
Up to 0.5m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the areas Gilmore Lower and Sandy, Upper Gilmore and Yaven Creek. Probably in similar country in other parts of the region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Upright or trailing shrub to about 50cm high with variable olive-green leaves.
Prefers well-drained, moist soils in filtered shade.
Light mauve flowers, Aug-Sep.
Early Oct-late Dec. Monitor closely as mature seeds soon shed. Rounded green seeds turn black when ripe.
From scarified seed which germinate readily, or cuttings which strike readily, but are slow to establish.
Shade and shelter
Important component of understorey.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Ornamental for informal garden drifts and containers. Rejuvenate old plants by pruning.