Acacia asparagoides

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia asparagoides is a wattle shrub to 2 m tall with a restricted distribution, confined to the Blue Mountains of NSW, between Newnes Junction and Lawson. Here, it grows in dry sclerophyll forest and heath on sandstone.

One specimen has been collected from the North Coast on the Boonoo Boonoo River.

Phyllodes (modified leaves) sometimes clustered, linear, to 1.5 cm long and to 0.2 cm wide.

Flowers produced in globular heads, to 6 mm in diameter, bright yellow mainly with one head produced per leaf axil. Each head can contain up to 30 very small, staminate flowers. It flowers mainly in August–October, but also other times of the year.

Seed pods are shallowly to strongly curved, usually slightly constricted between seeds, to 5 cm long, and about 0.5 cm wide.

In the garden

Not a common plant in cultivation. Currently, not much is known.

Acacias can suffer from a number of pests, including borers, scale, galls and leaf miners. Growing plants suitable to your local environment minimises these occurring.


Propagation is easy from scarified seed by covering with boiling water for 24 hours and discarding any seeds still floating on the surface.

Other information

Most wattles regenerate from seed after fire.

Acacia – from Greek acis, a thorn.
asparagoides – refers to the plant resembling some species of Asparagus.

Not considered to be at risk in the wild but it has a restricted distribution.


By Jeff Howes