Maireana brevifolia
Cotton Bush, Small Leaf Bluebush

Uses: A highly ornamental but hardy foliage plant. Plant singly for contrast or as a feature in wider verges or grouped as an informal hedge, screen or wind-break. Tolerates moderate coastal exposure and calcareous soils. Requires well-drained soils.

This plant is indigenous to the following botanical regions of South Australia.

:NU: Nullarbor   
:GT: Gairdner-Torrens   
:FR: Flinders Rangers  
:EA: Eastern   
:EP: Eyre Peninsula
:NL: Northern Lofty
:MU: Murray
:YP: Yorke Peninsula
:SL: Southern Lofty
:SE: South Eastern
For detail on these regions refer to the user guide.

  • Height 0.5-1m
  • Spread 0.5-1.5m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Chenopodiaceae
  • Botanical Name Maireana brevifolia
  • Common Name Cotton Bush, Small Leaf Bluebush
  • Origin SA, VIC, NSW, QLD, WA, NT
  • Habit Dense, Rounded
  • Landscape 2nd line coast, Coastal footslopes, Plains, Footslopes, Hills
  • Soil Texture Sand, Loam, Clay
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Moderate frost
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Type Insignificant
  • Purpose Ornamental, Erosion
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Form Low shrub (Up to 1.2m)
  • Indigenous to the Adelaide Region