Family : Lamiaceae
The Lollybush is typically an erect shrub growing to 6 metres, but may form small thickets. The leaves are a dull or light green, however, young growth often has a distinctly purple tint.
Flowers are tubular and white with long stamens and a distinctive star shaped base. The flowers bloom periodically throughout the year, but mostly between August and April. The fruit is a round black capsule surrounded by a bright red star shaped outer whorl.
The Lollybush is very hardy and can be found in most areas of the dune system. The nectar and fruit is attractive to birds and insects, especially Hawk Moths. This plant is good for small areas in gardens as it is erect, not too tall and has several attractive features. Gardeners should be aware of its suckering habit.
|Coastal Zone||Fore Dune - Hind Dune|
|Fauna Habitat||Birds, Moths and Insects|
|Amount of Sun||Full or Partial Sun|
|Amount of Water||Moderately Wet Areas|
|Salt Tolerance||Moderately Tolerant|
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