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PlantFiles: New Zealand Bur, Buzzy, Bidgee-Widgee
Acaena novae-zelandiae

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Acaena (a-SEE-na) (Info)
Species: novae-zelandiae (NO-vay zee-LAN-dee-ay) (Info)

Synonym:Acaena anserinifolia

Category:
Perennials

Height:
under 6 in. (15 cm)

Spacing:
36-48 in. (90-120 cm)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Color:
Inconspicuous/none

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:
Evergreen

Other details:
May be a noxious weed or invasive
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
Unknown - Tell us

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
By dividing the rootball
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall

Seed Collecting:
Unknown - Tell us

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Profile:

1 positive
1 neutral
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

RatingAuthorContent
Positive angelam On Jan 18, 2008, angelam from melbourne
Australia wrote:

This is not a plant you'd want to plant anywhere clothes or pets would come into regular contact with it. The hooks on the seed heads are incredibly efficient. But I needed something for the top of a bank, at the foot of a fence, inaccessible to everyone and where watering was impossible ( even when we are allowed to do so) and the local bush regeneration nursery suggested it. It is a local plant and fed on by a number of local butterflies, but rarely planted. It's done a brilliant job, each plant has covered several square feet since planting in the Spring, with only the one watering at planting. We haven't had any rain for 3 weeks, several of the days since then have been over 100C and it's a lush green still when most plantsin my garded are suffering some stress and showing it..

Negative kennedyh On Apr 2, 2003, kennedyh from Churchill, Victoria
Australia (Zone 10a) wrote:

This plant is famous in Australia as the first major weed that Australia has contributed to the rest of the world!
The fruit are spheres of achenes, each with a hooked awn and the individual seeds easily attach themselves to your clothing and are spread far and wide. They are native in this area, but still a great nuisance.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 26, 2002, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Also known as "biddy biddy", though I have yet to determine why. :) This plant is not native to the U.S. Groundcover.



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