Pratia pedunculata – Trailing Pratia

 

A dainty looking plant which spreads from underground stolons to form a carpet of green, and has masses of starry white to pale mauve-blue small flowers in spring and summer. Good for full sun to partial shade, and is best with regular moisture. A good plant for filling in between plants, stepping stones and paving, or as a low traffic lawn substitute. It roots at the nodes, so forms a mat of growth. The plant can be divided to propagate. Frost tender. The plant contains alkaloids, which can be poisonous to stock, but the bitter taste deters consumption. The milky sap can be a skin irritant to some.

Family:Lobeliaceae
Scientific Name:Pratia pedunculata
Common Name:Trailing Pratia
Plant Type:Ground cover, Grass or grass-like, Clumping perennial
Height:0.1 ~ 0.2 metres
Width:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:White, Mauve
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Open foliage, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Border plant, Lawn alternative
Special Uses:Bonsai, Erosion control, Fast growing, Playground friendly

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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