Acacia redolens 'Desert Carpet'
Native to inland areas of Western Australia, this evergreen groundcover
is used extensively in southern California and Arizona right-of-way
landscapes. A single plant can spread to 12 feet, making it an
economical choice for large planting areas. Instead of true leaves,
Acacia redolens has thick, leathery, gray-green phyllodes. It blooms in
the spring with small yellow puffball flowers. Prostrate acacia is
adaptable to alkaline and slightly saline soils, and is hardy to 12-15°
F. In coastal areas it grows with little or no irrigation, but requires
summer irrigation in the low deserts. Seedlings of Acacia redolens vary
widely in their growth habits, with plants often reaching heights in
excess of six feet. Desert Carpet™ is a cutting-grown clone, trademarked
by Mountain States Wholesale Nursery, which maintains a height of only
24 inches. Hardy to 15°F.
USDA Zone 8.