Acacia dawsonii

Poverty Wattle, Mitta Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Acacia dawsonii is known as the Poverty or Mitta Wattle, and is a small, erect shrub with long, narrow phyllodes.

Golden yellow, globular flower heads cover plants in spring. Each flower head is composed of four to eight individual flowers.

Most wattles have many more flowers per head than this. 

Acacia dawsonii is found in large numbers along the Waterfall Way, east of Armidale NSW. Some decades ago there was small roadside population 20 kilometres from Armidale. Over the years, thanks mainly to roadworks moving and damaging the seed, the population has increased considerably particularly west towards Armidale.

Acacia dawsonii also occurs in other parts of NSW as well as Victoria and Queensland.

Apparently the populations, in southern NSW, have pale rather insipid flowers. This is probably reflected in one of the common names.


In the garden

Pruning after flowering will prevent plants becoming disheveled.


Propagate from seeds and probably cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather