Myoporum parvifolium or Creeping Boobialla
Myoporum species such as Myoporum parvifolium are also known as Creeping Boobialla. A prostrate shrub or ground cover plant Myoporum Boobialla will form a dense mat and will trail over rock or retaining walls. It can reach a height of nearly 1m as it mounds up and could also be used as a low hedge.
Improved cultivars such as M. parvifolium ‘Yareena’ are also available. M. insulare is a more upright shrub well suited to coastal conditions. Myoporum viscosum or ‘sticky boobialla’ and Myoporum ellipticum (another ground cover plant) are other species
Myoporum are commonly referred to as ‘Boobialla’, however with a wide range in the species it is worth investigating further.
- M. parvifolium is often referred to as ‘Creeping Boobialla’, it makes a good ground cover and comes in a fine leaf and a broad leaf form..
- M. floribundum is the ‘weeping boobialla’ and
- M. viscosum is the ‘Sticky Boobialla’.
- M. ellipticum.
- M. acuminatum or ‘swamp boobialla’.
- Myoporum bataea is a popular variety.
Myoporum insulare is referred to as the ‘Coast Boobialla’ the waxy leaves make it salt tolerant. With scented white leaves and large purple fruits that are used as a bush tucker food.
All species flower from late october through to early December. Small flowers with feathery panicles dangling below create impact. A well drained soil and a position in full sun to part shade is best.
Some species are ground cover plants while others will grow to 2-3m. All species prefer a well drained soil.
Available for sale from the following nurseries.
146 Dignams Crk Rd via Narooma NSW 2546
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