Isopogon petiolaris

Family: Proteaceae

Isopogon petiolaris is a low mounded ground cover usually less than one metre high by one metre across. 

The light green leaves are lobed and up to 14 centimetres long. The petiole (or leaf stalk) is nine centimetres long which is two thirds of the leaf length. The species name refers to the lengthy petiole. The flowers are carried in terminal globular clusters, at least two centimetres across and appear in the warmer months. The globular clusters are both profuse and conspicuous. Flowers are followed by rounded cones containing many tufted seeds. Drumstick is the common name for all Isopogons and refers to the shape of the cones.

Isopogon petiolaris occurs in south-eastern Queensland and northern New South Wales and usually grows in stony areas and sandy soil.

We have observed the species growing in sandstone country in the Pilliga Scrub near Coonabarabran and near Warialda, both in northern New South Wales.

In the garden

Isopogon petiolaris is an eye-catching, low-growing plant when flowering. The species could be grown as a foreground plant in native shrubberies or incorporated in cottage gardens and rockeries.

Propagation

Propagate from seed and cuttings.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather