Common name: Aniseed Boronia

Family: RUTACEAE

Boronia crenulata has delicate, pink, star-shaped flowers. Photo: D. Blumer.View image slideshow

Origin of Scientific Name

Boronia – after Francesco Borone, 18th century Italian botanist.

crenulata – (Latin) crenulated or finely scalloped, referring to leaves.

Description

Boronia crenulata is a dense, dwarf shrub found predominately in the south-west of Western Australia from the Esperance Plains to the Swan Coastal Plain growing in a wide range of soils.

It grows up to 1 m high and 1 m wide with upright branches and small light green spoon-shaped leaves. These leaves have a high oil content and smell like aniseed, hence the common name of Aniseed Boronia.

The Aniseed Boronia produces masses of small pink and open-petalled flowers from July to December. It is a very ornamental species, which has adapted well to cultivation, varying in foliage colour and form.

Horticultural tips

  • Grows in a range of soils in dappled shade to part-sun.
  • Requires well-drained soil with plenty of humus that does not dry out readily.
  • Performs well in pots.
  • Prune lightly after flowering to encourage new growth.

For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section.

View in Kings Park

Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden to see Boronia crenulata in the Boronia bed just south of Gija Jumulu, the Giant Boab (refer to map).

Want more information?

Refer to the profile for this plant on the Department of Biodiversity, Conservation and Attractions' FloraBase online herbarium.

Boronia crenulata is a dense dwarf shrub. Photo: D. Blumer. Boronia crenulata can be seen in the Boronia beds, Kings Park and Botanic Garden. Photo: D. Blumer.

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