Common name: Albany Daisy

Family: MYRTACEAE

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Origin of Scientific Name

Actinodium – (Greek) Actinos – a ray, spoke of a wheel, and odes – like.

Description

This beautiful, dwarf shrub grows up to 1 m in height and 0.5 m wide with fine grey-green leaves and large, daisy-like flower heads that appear from August to October. Despite its common name, this plant is not a true daisy and is in the same family as Eucalyptus. If you look closely you will see that the flower head is actually made up of many tiny bell-shaped pink flowers arranged concentrically and surrounded by sterile white rays.

This species has the larger flower of only two species in the Actinodium genus, the other being Actinodium cunninghamii. Both species are restricted to the Albany area and referred to as the Albany Daisy. The Albany Daisy joins five other species where their common name celebrates their restricted distribution in the Albany region.

Horticultural tips

  • Grows in a range of light conditions from full sun to dappled shade.
  • Good drainage is required.
  • Short-lived plant best grown as a container plant.

For more horticultural tips view our Plant Notes section.

View in Kings Park

Visit Kings Park and Botanic Garden to see Actinodium sp. Fitzgerald River growing at the Floral Clock near the Western Australian Botanic Garden.

Want more information?

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

Actinodium in Kings Park. Photo: D. Blumer. Actinodium stunning flower. Photo: D. Blumer.

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