Acacia rigens: is a member of the Mimosaceae family and is known as the Needle Wattle or Nealie. Acacia rigens is a medium shrub that may reach a height of three metres.
The phyllodes (leaf-like structures) are long and narrow with a number of parallel veins and grey-green in colour. They narrow to a blunt point.
The flowers are carried in globular, golden-yellow flower heads. Individual flower-heads are carried at the base of the phyllodes. Flowering occurs in late winter to spring and early summer. After blooming, cut off each branch behind the spent flowers. This will keep plants dense and blooming bounteously.
Acacia rigens has proved to be a hardy, free-flowering shrub that would be at home in native garden beds and informal hedges.
The Needle Wattle is widely distributed and is found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.
The tough wood was used by Aboriginal people for weapons and is said to have a pleasant perfume when cut.
Propagate from seed and cuttings.