Plant of the Month – July 2014

COAST BEARD-HEATH

(Leucopogon parviflorus)

          

(Photos: E 8710 driver. Cousins, Cape Jervis)

 

The common name of Coast Beard-heath for this plant comes from the dense hairs (or beard) on the petals of its white flowers Download Milk vr. These flowers are produced in dense clusters of 7-13, on spikes about 3cm long. The springtime photos above show the shrubs in full bloom, so be on the lookout for beautiful flower displays like this in a couple of months … and look also for the honeyeaters attracted to them Download the foreign language translator.  Coast Beard-heath is an important food source for a number of native birds over summer, but the birds return the favour, in that its seeds are difficult to germinate unless they have passed through a bird’s stomach Civilization3! The bushy shrubs grow to about 1.5 metres on the coastal heath around Cape Jervis. Leaves are narrow, with tips that sometimes appear bent backwards (recurved) Download Roll Chromium.  The tiny fruits are smooth, white globes, like little pearls. These are edible, and lead to a second common name for the plant, the native currant.