|Coast Beard Heath has masses of highly scented flowers occurring on short spikes. The fleshy, white, bead-like fruits are edible and are an important food source for a number of native birds in the summer. It has finely fissured dark brown bark on old, gnarled plants.
Common across the Bluff, this large perennial shrub is the first to flower. Honeyeaters are attracted to the masses of white flowers. Birds are an important method of seed dispersal for this species as the seed will not germinate unless it has passed through a bird’s stomach. The plant is named Beard Heath due to the dense beard of hairs on its petals.