Casuarina Cousin It
Casuarina glauca 'Cousin It'
Maybe a whacky name but this is a serious ground cover. This most unusual prostrate form of Casuarina will grow over unsightly pipes, stumps or other ground obstacles. Covers large areas quickly and its dense, thick layer of foliage provides excellent weed suppression qualities. A perfect choice for planting on sloped sites and above retaining walls for a cascading affect.
Height to 30cm (cover does not grow this thick, only the main stem will get to this height.)
Width to 2m
Will perform best in compost-enriched, free-draining soil in a full or part-sun location however this plant is tolerant of a range of poorer quality, but, still, free-draining soils. Will grow in a wide range of climates from cool to sub-tropical. Successive light frosts will brown the foliage and make the plant look a bit ’ratty’ but new growth will emerge in spring and restore the plant’s good looks. Mulching is recommended.
Needs moist soil, however, will normally perform quite well on natural rainfall without much supplementary watering as the pictures below demonstrate. If planting in a container, we recommend drip feed irrigation as the plant can take up available water quickly. If a potted plant dries out for extended periods, it will die.
Feed with a controlled release, general purpose fertiliser in spring. You can also supplement this with a liquid feed to get the plant established quickly.
This is a plant that you will rarely touch, maybe just trim to desired shape occasionally. Will tolerate a hard cut if required.
Pests and Diseases
No major issues here but some wildlife, such as rabbits and wallabies, has been known to eat fresh, new growth.
You can print this information by opening the attached information sheet attached below.
|Preferred Climate||Arid, Semi-arid, Cool temperate, Temperate, Tropical, Sub-tropical|
|Tolerances||Coastal - Salt tolerant, Drought tolerant, Light frost tolerant|
|Use||Garden, Ground cover, Hanging basket, Landscape, Native, Pots & tubs, Slopes & retaining walls|
|Position||Full sun, Part shade|
Casuarina Cousin It
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