Family : Lamiaceae
The Coastal Lollybush is a scrambling shrub growing up to 3 metres, often forming thickets. It has smooth, oval shaped leaves with pointed tips. These are light green and can grow to 10 cm in length.
The white, tubular flowers are similar to the Lollybush, but with purple stamens. The fruit is a globular capsule, deep purple when ripe, surrounded by a distinctive cup shape at the base.
This hardy shrub tolerates saline conditions and sea spray. It can be found from coastal fore dunes to mangrove edges and coastal thickets. Both Lollybushes thrive in full sun and sandy soils and are attractive to many varieties of insects, birds and butterflies. An excellent shrub for gardens that need protection from coastal elements. It will form a thicket or hedge in good conditions and provide protection for wildlife.
|Flowers||February to September|
|Fruit||April to July|
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune - Hind Dune, Mangroves|
|Fauna Habitat||Birds, Insects and Butterflies|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Moderately Wet Areas and Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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