Botanical Name: Woollsia pungens
Common Name: Snow Wreath
Woollsia: Named after Reverend William Woolls, a friend of botanist Ferdinand von Mueller.
pungens: From Latin, meaning sharp point, referring to the leaves.
Habitat: Heath and dry, open forest on sandstone.
Habit: Open shrub, usually 1m tall, can be up to 2m. Only 30 – 50cm wide.
Leaves: Crowded up to 12mm long, with a sharp point.
Flowers: White, sometimes pink or purplish, fragrant. Slightly wrinkled petals. Attracts bees and other insects, as well as insect-eating birds.
Flowering time: May – September.
Range: NSW coast and Queensland. Fairly common in The Hills Shire.