Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

Simpson Shadehouse - Adelaide Botanic Gardens

30 April 2014

Acacia iteaphylla (Flinders Range Wattle)

Flinders Range Wattle is relatively common in suburban South Australia.  It generally grows as a shrub but I've also seen it growing as a small tree.  As it ages it tends to get straggly and some people plant it as a quick growing native which gets replaced by something "more permanent and more attractive" some time later although a botanist told me once that Flinders Range wattles can live up to 200 years.  They provide a source of pollen in autumn which is useful for birds, bees and butterflies and they're very drought hardy but probably die from overwatering.

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