A low-growing or prostrate form of the Wyalong Wattle, Acacia cardiophylla or Gold Lace makes a great ground cover plant and a good feature plant.
Used in landscaping to cover retaining walls and embankments, it is also useful for covering large areas with an easy-care flowering evergreen ground cover. Having a naturally dense growth habit, this plant will provide a good habitat for small birds and other fauna.
How to Grow Gold Lace
With its natural cascading habit, Gold Lace is best planted on a mound, along a retaining wall or similar where its growth habit can be appreciated.
- Choose a sunny position and well-drained soil.
- Allow room for the plant to spread, as it can reach 3m over time.
- Prepare the soil by weeding and adding a little well-rotted compost.
- Plant and water in well.
- Provide additional water over the first summer during long dry periods.
- Fertilise with a light application of a low phosphate native plant fertiliser in late winter to spring.
- Botanical name – Acacia cardiophylla
- Family – Fabaceae
- Common name – Gold Lace
- Height – To around 0.5m
- Spread – To a width of 2 – 3m, depending on conditions
- Position – Full sun to a little shade
- Soil – Well-drained sandy loam to well-drained loamy clay
- Climate – Cool temperate to warm temperate
- Flowers – Golden yellow
- Flowering time – Late winter to spring
- Foliage – Evergreen and a mid to deep green
- Frost tolerance – Medium to light frosts
- Drought tolerant – Yes, once established