A.retinodes.JPG (52691 bytes)Acacia retinodes: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known by various common names including Wirilda, Swamp Wattle and Silver Wattle.
Acacia retinodes is a spreading, tall shrub or small tree. The phyllodes are long, narrow and dark blue-green in colour.
The globular, yellow flower heads contain 30-40 individual flowers. Acacia retinodes is said to flower throughout the year. Our specimen (see photo) flowered for the first time in the spring of 2006. We hope that the plant will continue to bloom for many months. An occasional light pruning will keep your plants dense and blooming abundantly. Foliage and flowers are attractive features.
Acacia retinodes will grow in well-drained situations but will also cope with short periods of waterlogging.
Acacia retinodes is a native of Victoria, South Australia and the Bass Strait Islands.
The bark has been used for tanning and the phyllodes for dyeing.
Acacia retinodes is worth cultivating because of its extended flowering period.
Propagate from seed and probably cuttings.