Leptorhynchos tenuifolius

Wiry Buttons

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$5 / Gram 3,000 currently unavailable Denver

General Description: This perennial herb is a low growing plant with 1cm bright yellow button flowers held above the fine foliage. Leaves are initially in a basal rosette (before flowering) but eventually alternate along the stem, they are narrow and long.

Flowers and Fruit: Single yellow flower heads to10 mm wide. Flowers from September to January. Fruit consists of small seeds with feathery bristles that allow them to float in the wind.

Site Preference and Tolerances: Prefers low to mid-slopes and dry areas, it is often found on roadsides. Prefers full sun.

Life Span: This is a small perennial forb that regenerates easily and persists well in the Australian environment.

Wildlife Value: Found in grassland, heathlands and woodlands where it is a good butterfly plant food. Insects and ants are known to eat seeds and flowers are pollinated by insects.

Other Values and Uses: Suits mass planting in understorey or rockery areas. If in garden, may prune hard in growing season to rejuvenate.

Germination Information: Usually grows well in a few weeks without any treatment but germination increases with light so it is good to surface sow or only cover lightly with soil.