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Family Lamiaceae

Hemigenia purpurea Common Hemigenia

This wiry scrambling understorey shrub is common in open forests. The leaves are needle-like, light green, and often adpressed to the stem. The purple flowers are borne near the end of the stems. Although the flowers are pretty, the plant never seems to flower in profusion.

Habitat: sandy soils, open forest and heath

Flowering: All year round

Distribution: Widespread in Sydney but restricted to the central NSW coast.

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