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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
description:
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.

cultivation:
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.

propagation:
From layered branches, cuttings or seed.

usage:
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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