Scleranthus biflorus – Cushion Bush

A gorgeous little ground covering plant that has a mossy look, with bright green fine leaves. An interesting feature plant that forms sculptural cushions, and moulds itself around rocks. It is also good for pots, either planted to contrast with other plants, or as a cute plant on its own. It is best in a full sun position with regular moisture, and will also do well in partial shade. Adapts to most soil types. Will tolerate dry spells and frost. It is a good lawn substitute as long as it gets very little traffic- it is lawn look only.
Propagation is by division of the plant.
Fungus can cause brown patches, which can be remedied with a good fungicide watered onto the plant.

Scientific Name:Scleranthus biflorus
Common Name:Cushion Bush
Plant Type:Ground cover, Grass or grass-like
Height:0.1 ~ 0.2 metres
Width:0.4 ~ 0.8 metres
Flower Colour:Yellow, Green
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Container growing
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Cool
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Propagation Method:Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover, Feature plant, Border plant, Attractive foliage, Lawn alternative, Wow factor
Special Uses:Bonsai






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.