Bears_ear.JPG (58579 bytes)Cymbonatus lawsonianus: is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family and is known as Bearís Ear.

Cymbonatus lawsonianus is a perennial stemless herb with a maximum diameter of 25 centimetres. The leaves are ovate to lanceolate, 4-10 centimetres long, 1-3.5 centimetres wide with toothed margins. The upper surface is lime green with a dense covering of soft hairs. The lower surface is white and woolly. The daisy-like flowers are yellow and borne on short stalks. Flowers appear throughout the year.

Bearís Ear is found in forests and woodlands and in some quarters is considered to be a weed of lawns and gardens. We have Bearís Ear growing in our mown areas at Yallaroo. We do not consider this species to be a weed. We like the cheerful yellow flowers and the foliage is another attractive feature.

Cymbonatus lawsonianus could be grown en masse in rockeries and native cottage gardens.

Bearís Ear is widely distributed and is found in all mainland states as well as Tasmania.

Propagate from division or seed.