Southern Cross

Family: Apiaceae
Genus: Xanthosia
Species: rotundifolia
Main Flower Colour: White


Xanthosia rotundifolia is an erect or sprawling perennial herb growing 60cm high and spreading about 1m wide. Its common name, Southern Cross, comes from the resemblance of the inflorescence to the constellation of the same name. The four stalks of the inflorescence create a cross, with clusters of white to pink flowers and bracts on each end.
Xanthosia includes about 20 species in total, all of which are endemic to temperate Australia. Xanthosia rotundifolia is native to southwest Australia, naturally occurring in at least three biogeographic regions: Warren, Esperance Plains, and Jarrah Forest.

Flowering start in August and ends in December.


The main flower colour is white.

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Bio Regions

Mallee (MAL), Esperance Plains (ESP)

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