Bushy or prostrate forb to roughly 40 centimetres. Leaves are wedge-shaped with irregular ‘fingers’ at the tips. Leaves are generally concentrated near the base of the plant. Large plants produce dozens of flowering stems. Flowers are typically mauve (rarely blue or white) with yellow centres. These are followed by large, dark brown burrs which divide into many triangular, awned seeds.
Germinates well from untreated seed. Success may be possible from cuttings.
Year round, though chiefly spring.
Common by roadsides and in reserves, especially in the western half of Wagga Wagga. Occurs in Livingstone NP, Murraguldrie Flora Reserve, Mates Gully TSR, Kockibitoo SF, and many other locations.
Caution: The burrs are known to catch in wool. The awns are strong enough to pierce skin.
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