Botanical Name: Dampiera stricta
Common Name: Blue Dampiera
Dampiera: Named after the explorer William Dampier (1652-1715) who first saw another Dampiera species at Shark Bay in WA.
stricta: From Latin meaning bound, referring to the position of the leaves against the stem
Habitat: Open forest, woodland and heathland in full sun or part shade. Drought tolerant.
Soils: Sandy, well drained.
Habit: Small sparse shrub 20 – 60cm high, 1m wide.
Leaves: variable, rough to the touch with a few teeth.
Flowers: Mauve to blue with a white to yellow centre and a hairy throat, 20-25mm across. Attracts butterflies, bees and other insects.
Flowering time: Winter through to summer.
Range: Queensland, NSW, Victoria and Tasmania.