Ptilotus exahtatus is a short-lived herbaceous perennial that occurs in arid
and semi arid regions of mainland Australia. It is one of many plants used to restore landscapes at the Argyle Diamond Mine
in western Australia, operated by Rio Tinto Mining. Ranging in height from 6 - 38 cm, it is drought tolerant and thrives in
hot, dry climates, making it an excellent plant for landscaping hot, dry, and rocky areas.
Based on an 1867 herbarium specimen provided by KEW GARDENS, the illustration was created
by NORTH DOWNS BOTANICAL ARTIST Mary Albanese for the PLANTS THAT RESTORE collection housed at Kew Gardens. As seen on the
illustration, when the plant was first catalogued, the flower spike was a somewhat rounded shape which is slightly different
that the oblong or "bottle brush" shape of the flower spike on modern plants. Whether round or oblong, these
pink to purple feathery flower spikes help to trap and collect other seeds carried in the wind, making this a very good plant
for encouraging further vegetation. Ptilotus exaltatus is also called Lamb's Tail or Pink Mulla Mulla.
Along with grasses, low-lying short-lived plants like Ptilotus exaltatus contribute to the first
wave of re-growth. They stabilize the soil and pave the wave for successive waves of re-growth which may include shrubs and
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