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botanical name:
Pimelea prostrata
Pimelea prostrata © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Pinatoro, New Zealand Daphne, Strathmore weed, Autetaranga
synonyms:  Pimelea coarctata
family:  Thymelaeaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, ground-cover
height: 0.10m
width: 0.50m
growth rate: slow
growth habit: mounding
leaf colour: blue-green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: white
stem/bark: brown
main season: All Year
poison symbol poisonous or irritant
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun
conditions: dry soil, moist soil, sandy soil
preferred soil pH: neutral-acid
minimum temp: -5°C
USDA zone: 9 to 9
Dense, low-growing, Hebe-like evergreen. Small, bluish or grey-green leaves. White flowers with bright yellow anthers, larger on male plants, in summer. Female plants produce white to red berry-like fruits. Normally dioecious, both male and female plants are required for seed production, although apparently hermaphrodite forms exist.

Well-drained neutral to very acid soil in sun. Fairly drought tolerant. Not very hardy in the UK and may need winter protection, good drainage in winter is essential.

From layered branches, cuttings or seed.

Good ground cover, although rather slow growing.
The berries are edible, but the rest of the plant is poisonous.

other notes:
New Zealand native, found in dry, stony or gravelly, open areas from the coast to sub-alpine mountains in North and South Islands.
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