Vittadinia cuneata

Fuzzweed

Family: Asteraceae

Vittadinia cuneata is known as Fuzzweed and is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family.

Fuzzweed is a widespread species that is found throughout New South Wales as well as Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia. In NSW there are a number of forms.

Vittadinia cuneata is a small woody annual or perennial herb reaching a height of about 30 centimetres.

The leaves are wedge-shaped or oblong. Small daisy flowers are pale mauve to blue and the seed heads are similar to miniature dandelion heads (see thumbnail). Both flowers and seed heads are prolific. Spring and summer are the main flowering periods with sporadic flowers appearing at other times.

Plants are nearly invisible when not in flower or carrying seed heads.

Vittadinia cuneata is virtually unknown in cultivation.

Fuzzweed is one of a number of herbaceous species native to our property Yallaroo near Armidale and is common in our grassy areas. We mow a large area in front of our house and this has allowed Vittadinia cuneata to proliferate and the species has formed dense carpets.

In the garden

Both flowers and particularly the seed heads are attractive features.

Fuzzweed would need to be planted en masse to make an impression. Rockeries and native cottage gardens would benefit from mass planting of Fuzzweed.

Propagation

Propagate from seed.

Other information

The genus commemorates Carlo Vittadini (1800-1865) an Italian doctor and mycologist.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather