AbrotanellaHard, bright green herb forming cushions abrotanella forsteroides 1m in dia. Dominant in bolster heath forstdroides eastern, central and western mountains. The western populations are abrotanella forsteroides and larger in all their parts. Ideal for rockeries or containers but difficult for the novice to grow. For best results with Daisies generally, surface sowing allows maximum light to trigger germination.
Abrotanella forsteroides | Atlas of Living Australia
Pterygopappus is a genus of flowering plants in the pussy's-toes tribe within the daisy family. It is most common in the mountains of the northeastern part of the island. It is a slow grower and prefers cool, moist environments. These leaves are tightly congested  and can be said to resemble a small cabbage or rose. They are covered in very fine, small and white hairs.
The habitat of the species displays the hardiness of the plant. It is ideally found in areas with a thin and peaty soil, the product of heavily eroded dolerite and silaceous bedrock, where most of the soil has been removed by glacial processes. The tightly packed leaves enable a reasonably constant temperature to be maintained at the core of the plant,  and their low and spreading nature enables them to miss the worst of the wind sweep. The species can be described as an engineering or foundation species, due to its ability to create tarns and small rivers in alpine areas.
They have been found to attract a greater diversity of species in alpine areas compared to non-cushion plants, provide both refuge for arthropods as well as a pollination resource for insects. One of the major threats to alpine vegetation is fire, although this is a species which is able to recover from fire reasonably well. From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Sage cushion plant Pterygopappus lawrencii Scientific classification Kingdom: Hooker Binomial name Pterygopappus lawrencii Hook.