Alice Springs Desert Park
Commonly known as H (Halgania cyanea) or the Mallee Blue-flower, is a small shrub that grows to about 40 cm in height and width, although they have been known to grow taller. They have a suckering growth habit.
The leaves alternate up the stem, linear to narrowly elliptical in shape, rough hairy, sticky, with toothed margins and about 25 mm long. The leaves are a soft green in colour. The flowers are a deep blue to purple (occasionally white), and occur at the ends of the stems in short clusters, with a short tube and five lobes. The species can be quite variable, with several varieties recognised.
Whilst they can grow in temperate climates, they are found in dry and arid regions.
The Halgania is a genus of aproximately 22-25 species, all native to Australia.
Rough Halgania, Mallee Blue-flower.
- Scientific classification
- Kingdom: Plantae
- Phylum: Tracheophyta
- Class: Magnoliopsida
- Superorder: Asteranae
- Order: Boraginales
- Family: Boraginaceae
- Genus: Halgania
- Species: H. cyanea
- Binomial name: Halgania cyanea