Plant of the month – Blue Dampiera

Botanical Name: Dampiera stricta

Common Name: Blue Dampiera

Family: Goodeniaceae

Meaning:

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.

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