Acacia lanigera

Woolly Wattle or Hairy Wattle

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Mimosoideae

Rounded shrub to 2 m tall, growing in woodland and dry sclerophyll forest, in poor gravelly and sandy soils in NSW, south from Coonabarabran area and into Victoria, mainly found on the tablelands and western slopes of NSW, as well as the south coast.

Phyllodes (modified leaves are narrow) to 6 cm long to 1 cm wide, rigid and with a sharp point (mucro).

Flowers are produced in globular heads, to 9 mm diameter with up to 30 very small, staminate flowers in each head. Heads are produced singularly or in groups of 2 to 4 in leaf axils, in May to October.

Seed pods are curved to openly coiled, raised over seeds, 10 cm long and to 0.6 cm wide.

In the garden

Adaptable in cultivation in a sunny, reasonably well drained positions in most soils

Frost hardy (will tolerate frosts to -7°C)

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, with some species suckering from the bases.

Acacia from Greek acis, a thorn.
lanigera is Latin meaning “fleecy” refers to the woolly covering of trichomes (fine hairs) on the plant.

Not considered at risk in the wild.


By Jeff Howes