Halgania cyanea (Mallee Blue-flower) (Hardy Plant 1)
This deep blue flowering plant gives a stunning display during the summer. The flower is actually blue. This is a suckering plant often seen on the road sides around here where it has escaped the grader blades. It creeps underground and sends up clumping suckers a little way from the parent plant. Harsh cutting to rejuvenate the plant will result in suckering.
This plant is widespread in Australia, in fact everywhere except Tasmania. It does not like extended periods of humidity and needs to be grown in the open in cool climate regions. It is suited to semi-arid and temperate regions. They need reasonable drainage and do appreciate some extra water in our area of 340mm (13.25inches) rain. This plant is hardy to moderately heavy frosts and extended dry periods.
I find this extremely difficult to photograph because of the intense blue of the flowers.