Zieria prostrata

Headland Zieria

Family: Rutaceae

Zieria prostrata is a member of the Rutaceae family and is a prostrate shrub that will form dense mats at least 50 centimetres in diameter.

Leaves are divided into three narrow leaflets. The centre leaflet is longer than the others. The foliage is glossy green, strongly aromatic and dotted with prominent oil dots.

The flowers are pink in the bud stage and open to white. Blooms have four petals and are similar, in appearance, to boronia flowers. 

The species is a rare plant that is confined to a few headlands on the North Coast of New South Wales. Zieria prostrata is becoming well known in cultivation so that its future should be assured.

It is sometimes known as the Headland Zieria and is marketed as Zieria ‘Pink Crystals’.

In the garden

Growth habit, foliage and flowers are all attractive features.

Zieria prostrata could be cultivated as living mulch under other plants in native cottage gardens.


Propagate Zieria prostrata from cuttings.

Other information

The genus is named after Jan Zier (d. 1796) a Polish botanist.

By Warren and Gloria Sheather