Brunonia australis – Blue Pincushion Flower

This lovely perennial plant is known for its unique and eye-catching blue flowers, produced mostly in Spring and appearing at times through Autumn. The unique charm of the flowers makes it a great feature in a container or garden, with each stem bearing masses of tiny blue flowers in a pincushion shape above a cluster of soft foliage. Great for borders and rockeries, it will grow in a range of conditions. Grows in full sun to partial shade and in most soil types if provided with good drainage. Grow from seed- smoke treatment to the seed will improve germination rates and time.

Family:Goodeniaceae
Scientific Name:Brunonia australis
Common Name:Blue Pincushion
Other Common Names:Native Cornflower
Plant Type:Clumping perennial
Height:0.1 ~ 0.5 metres
Width:0.1 ~ 0.2 metres
Flower Colour:Blue
Flowering Time:Spring, Autumn
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Cool, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
Special Uses:Cut flower, Honey producing plant, Playground friendly
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant 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 alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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