Hemiandra_pungens.JPG (33390 bytes)Hemiandra pungens: is a member of the Lamiaceae family in company with the Westringias and Prostantheras (Mint Bushes). Its common name is Snakebush and is a native of Western Australia .
Hemiandra pungens is a dense ground cover with sharply pointed, linear-lanceolate leaves.
Flowers are two centimetres across with five large lobes and may be white with spots, rose-pink, mauve-pink or lilac. The main flowering period is between October and January. Flowers are profuse and conspicuous. They are probably the largest flowers of any of the Australian members of the Lamiaceae family.
Hemiandra pungens could be grown under other native plants or as a foreground plant in a shrubbery. Tip pruning will keep plants dense and encourage flowering.
There is also an upright form but the prostrate form is the one available from nurseries.
Well drained situations are appreciated by Hemiandra pungens.
Propagate from cuttings.