Native Lassiandra, (Malastoma malabathricum subsp. malabathricum

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Native Lassiandra is a rounded shrub that grows to two metres high with beautiful lilac flowers to five cm across, flowering from Spring to Autumn. It has attractive rough textured leaves, and purple stems, making it an ideal feature plant that can be pruned if required.

A plant of the Wallum Woodlands and Wet Eucalyptus Forests, Native Lassiandra will grows in filtered sun or full sun and does better in moist soil. In our beachside location, this plant will definitely require watering in dry periods.

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Even when not in flower, the compact shape , attractive leaves and purple stems make this plant a worthy garden feature plant

Native Lassiandra attracts the Miskin Jewell Butterfly.

Hint: To minimise watering requirements it’s a good idea to group thirsty plants together in one spot, ideally in a low lying area that captures runoff. Banskia Robur is a good choice to plant with Native Lassiandra.

Did you know? There is a white flowering form of the Native Lassiandra as well as a lilac one. The exotic Lasiandra has a deep purple flower.

The purple pulp of the fruit eaten by Aborigines stains the mouth, hence the other common name for Melastoma malabathricum, Blue Tongue.

This article is part of our Gardening with natives series.

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