Acacia aculeatissima ‘Snake Wattle’

This is an easy care, low growing wattle, with fine foliage forming a dense groundcovering mat. It bears yellow ball flowers in late winter to early spring. It grows to around a metre wide, and from groundcovering to a metre tall. Great for coastal gardens, as well as being frost and drought tolerant. Suits full sun to lightly shaded spots. Good for most soil types as long as they are well drained. Prune lightly if needed to keep compact. Feed with a good low phosphorus native fertiliser in spring.


Scientific Name:Acacia aculeatissima
Cultivar:Snake Wattle
Common Name:Wattle
Plant Type:Small shrub, Ground cover
Height:0.1 ~ 1 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Yellow
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Poolside, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects






Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-


The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.