Mountain Beauty, Rosemary Hovea.
Up to 1.5m.
Presence in Australia
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic.
Poor sandy soils. Mostly scrubby understoreys of open forests on sheltered gully slopes.
Light shrub to 1.5m high. Narrow leaves 1-3cm long and 1-2 mm wide, dark-green above and paler beneath.
Requires freely-draining soil. Tolerates light to moderate frost and extended dry periods.
Bluish-purple or mauve flowers, Aug-Nov.
Pick hairy rounded pods after monitoring closely.
From scarified seed which germinate readily, or cuttings which may be slow to root.
Shade and shelter
Important component of understorey.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.