A dense, sprawling and scrambling shrub that is common along large stretches of our coastline in sand dunes as well as on coastal cliff tops.It has an ability to withstand regular salt-laden wind off the ocean as well as grow in low soil moisture and shade.
Foliage is semi-succulent and ranging from thin to thick depending on available soil moisture. Leaves are deep green above and paler beneath; oblong to ovate in shape. Leaf margins are gently recurved.
Flowers are inconspicuous but followed by striking pyramidal sprays of shiny red berries that peak in the autumn period.
Silver-eyes feed on the berries (plate 2).
Indigenous uses as provided by the Wathaurung Aboriginal Corporation: This saltbush has a bitter edible berry which is used to make a pink dye.