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Cassinia aculeata
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Scientific classification
Genus:
Cassinia
Species:
aculeata
Synonyms
  • Calea aculeata Labill.
  • Cassinia affinis R.Br.
  • Helichrysum pseudoferrugineum Hochr.

Cassinia aculeata, also known as common cassinia, dolly bush or dogwood, is a shrub in the family Asteraceae. The species is native to the states of South Australia, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania in Australia. It grows to between 1 and 2.5 metres high and has sticky, hair-covered leaves which are 10 to 30 mm long and 1 to 2 mm wide. The creamy-white flower heads appear in dense clusters from summer to autumn.

The species is fast growing and requires heavy, moist, well-drained soils, in partial sun. It does not tolerate salt winds. The dogwood can provide a quick screen while other plants grow. It is not usually long-lived. Cassinias need pruning to maintain shape. The flowers are long-lasting and can also be dried. The foliage may cause skin irritations.

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