Com.ericinum.JPG (41892 bytes)Comesperma ericinum: is a member of the Polygalaceae family. The common name is Match heads or Heath Milkwort.
Comesperma ericinum is a small, erect shrub, about 1 metre high, with linear leaves about 1.5 centimetres long. The flowers are small, carried in short racemes, profuse and pink to purple in colour. Spring and summer are the main flowering periods.
Heath Milkwort is a handsome plant and does best on well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade.
Comesperma ericinum is common on sandstone soils around Sydney. The species also occurs in Queensland, Victoria and Tasmania. The plant illustrated was growing in Brisbane Waters National Park near Gosford, north of Sydney. We have also observed Heath Milkwort growing in New England National Park, northern New South Wales.
Comesperma ericinum could be cultivated as a foreground plant in native garden beds and cottage gardens.
Propagate from seed or cuttings.