Plant of the Month — October 2004
Ptilotus exaltatus Nees var. exaltatus — Tall Mulla Mulla
Ptilotus exaltatus, commonly known as the Tall Mulla Mulla, is an annual herb growing in height from 0.1–1.2m high. Its flowers form a cone of pink or purple with many cones or heads on one plant, making this a showy species, especially when many are found growing together over large areas. It flowers between April and October.
Ptilotus exaltatus is a member of the Amaranthaceae family and is found over most of Western Australia, except in the south-west corner and along the south coast. This distinct herb appears to favour clay and loamy soils, but is also found on coastal areas.
Ptilotus exaltatus is sometimes able to be purchased from specialist nurseries, but being an annual is relatively short-lived. It may be preferable to enjoy this plant en masse in its natural environment.
Photo: K. Coate
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