Platysace_lanceolata.jpg (48077 bytes)Platysace lanceolata: is a member of the Apiaceae family (previously known as Umbelliferae) in company with many well known exotics such as carrots, celery, parsley and parsnips. This relationship accounts for one of this species common names: Native Parsley.

Platysace lanceolata is a dwarf to small shrub that will reach a maximum height of 1.5 metres. The deep green leaves vary in shape from broadly elliptical to almost circular.

Individual flowers are white or cream sometimes tinged with pink. They are carried in terminal umbels (clusters of flowers in which all stems come from the same point and all flowers are at the same level). The umbels are about five centimetres across, conspicuous and profuse. Flowering occurs between September and March with sporadic blooms appearing at other times.

Platysace lanceolata is widespread in New South Wales with the main concentration on the Central and South Coasts with occurrences in Victoria and Queensland. We have observed the species in Cathedral Rock National Park, east of Armidale in Northern New South Wales.

Platysace lanceolata is an attractive small shrub that would make an interesting addition to native cottage gardens and rockeries.

At one time the species was known as Trachymene lanceolata and was first cultivated in England in 1829 under this name.

Propagate from cuttings.

 

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