Dampiera linearis R.Br.

Common Dampiera

Variable erect herb to about 0.5 m tall, stems ribbed. Leaves variable, elliptic to narrowly triangular, 1.5-4 cm long, 0.5-1.5 cm wide, tapered at the base, entire or toothed, stalkless. Flowers 1-1.5 cm long, in groups of up to 3 together, grey-hairy outside; winter to spring. [D. cuneata R. Br.; some plants sold as D. hederacea may also belong here]


The most popular and highly variable species in cultivation, grown for the neat grey foliage and spectacular profuse flowers; used in hanging baskets and as a spreading groundcover.

Cultivars have been selected with exceptional grey foliage or particular flower colour appeal; among these are D. 'Early Blue', D. 'Royal Purple' and D. 'Violet Princess'.

Source: Spencer, R. (2002). Goodeniaceae. In: Spencer, R.. Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 4. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 3. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.

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Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Asteranae
order      Asterales
family       Goodeniaceae
genus        Dampiera R.Br.