Perennial, glabrous or sparsely pubescent, often glaucous. Stems branching, basally woody, decumbent and caespitose, 25–90 cm long. Leaves sessile or rarely shortly petiolate, ovate to lanceolate, rarely linear-lanceolate, 20–60 mm long, 3–12 mm wide, acute. Inflorescence lax, usually several-flowered; bracts scarious. Flowers bisexual; pedicels often drooping, 5–30 mm long; calyx ellipsoid, inflated, 20–30-veined, reticulate, 8–15 mm long, more or less glabrous, calyx-lobes triangular-acute; petal-limb up to 10 mm long, white, pink or violet, deeply bifid; styles 3. Capsule broadly ovoid-conical, 15 mm long, with erect teeth; carpophore c. 5 mm long, glabrous; seeds subreniform, flat or convex, black, minutely asperate-tuberculate, 1–1.5 mm long. Flowers mainly Oct.–Dec.
*Brid, *CVU, *GipP, *Glep, *Gold, *VAlp, *VRiv, *VVP, *WaP. Also naturalised WA, SA, Qld, NSW, ACT, Tas. Native to Europe, western Asia. A widespread but uncommon weed of more temperate areas of Australia.
The form with somewhat smaller, linear-lanceolate cauline leaves, occurring mainly in coastal South Australia, Victoria and Tasmania possibly equates with the western European subsp. angustifolia (Mill.) Hayek.
|Bioregion||Occurrence status||Establishment means|
|Victorian Volcanic Plain||present||introduced|
|Central Victorian Uplands||present||introduced|
|New South Wales|
|Australian Capital Territory|