The Myoporum family are a group of hardy Australian ground covers which are endemic to the Southern Australian states ranging from the Eyre Peninsula and eastward to the south western New South Wales and Victorian regions. They are at home on saline coastline areas as well as inland woodland areas.
They are characterised by their small densely arranged foliage and are adorned with multiple small white star shaped flowers which occur from winter to summer. Foliage colour on most varieties is bright green with the exception of a purple leafed form (myoporum parvifolium purpurea).
In the home garden they grow as a useful ground cover spreading low and flat or even cascading over retaining walls. They will tolerate a variety of soil types as long as they have free drainage. They are happy to grow in either full sun or partial shade so this makes them particularly useful for carpeting the ground under larger trees and shrubs. They are very suitable for sloping areas where they can assist with erosion control by binding the soil with their layered root development.
Gardenworld carries three varieties of Myoporum parvifolium – all of which grow to an average height of 10cm x up to 1.2m wide. M.parvifolium “Fine Leaf Form” as the name suggests has fine green leaves. M. parvifolium “Broad Leaf Form” has slightly wider leaves and a denser look and M.parvifolium “Purpurea” has a purplish tinge to the stems and foliage. The plant is also known as Creeping Boobialla.