Vitt.JPG (49832 bytes)Vittadinia cuneata: is known as Fuzzweed and is a member of the Asteraceae (Daisy) family. Fuzzweed is a wide spread species that is found throughout New South Wales as well as Queensland, Victoria, Tasmania, South Australia and Western Australia.
In New South Wales there are a number of forms and varieties. Basically, Fuzzweed is a woody annual or perennial herb reaching a height of 40 centimetres. The leaves are wedge-shaped or oblong. The small daisy flowers are pale mauve to blue. Seed heads are small and are similar to miniature dandelion seed heads (see image).
The plants are virtually invisible when not in flower. Vittadinia cuneata is virtually unknown in cultivation. Fuzzweed would need to be planted en masse to make an impression. Rockeries and native cottage gardens would benefit from mass planting of Fuzzweed. Both flowers and particularly the seed heads are attractive features.
Vittadinia cuneata is native to Yallaroo and is common in our grasslands. The species has proliferated in our mown areas. We have recently (May 2005) germinated some seeds and the resulting plants will be planted in the foreground of one of our garden beds.
Propagate from seed.