Lechenaultia biloba – Blue Lechenaultia

This is one of the iconic wildflowers in the Western Australian flora. It is a prostrate herbaceous plant that comes up in profusion after bushfires in many parts of south west WA. It is occassionally offered for sale in the nursery industry but has proven difficult to keep going in cultivation, particularly in the more humid areas of eastern Australia. If you are going to attempt to grow it than it is best done in a small to medium sized pot or hanging basket, ensuring you use a freely draining mix.

Family:Goodeniaceae
Scientific Name:Lechenaultia biloba
Common Name:Lechenaultia
Other Common Names:Blue Lechenaultia
Plant Type:Ground cover, Clumping perennial
Height:0.1 ~ 0.3 metres
Width:0.3 ~ 0.5 metres
Flower Colour:Blue
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Courtyard, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Semi-arid
Light:Sunny
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial, Short lived
Soil Moisture:Dry, Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Wow factor
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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