It’s not widely cultivated but it has excellent potential for cottage gardens, path borders, containers and floral bedding displays. It is frost hardy, tolerates dry periods and is suitable for growing in semi-arid, temperate and sub tropical regions. The removal of spent flower stems helps to promote more flowering.
The roots are edible and were utilised by Aboriginal people and early European settlers.
Genus: From Greek, podos, foot; and lepis, scale. Referring to the stalked inner involucral bracts.
Species: Similar to jacea, Spanish name for knapweed.