Goodenia macmillanii - January 2018 Plant of the Month
Goodenia macmillanii, an Aussie plant, was first described by von Mueller in 1859 and is endemic to Victoria being found only in a few locations in East Gippsland. It is listed as vulnerable in the Department of Sustainability and Environment's Advisory List.
Unlike the more common Goodenia ovata which has yellow flowers, it has purple/mauve flowers and an upright habit. Flowering is in summer. It seems to grow well in most soil types, tolerates sun and shade although the best conditions are moist soils. It is frost tender. It is an interesting and rewarding perennial for home gardens and not just because of its rarity; it is attractive in its own right.
There are plants available for sale in the Growing Friends nursery