Phyllodes to 2 cm, dark green, spiny. Very prickly, as the name suggests. Will provide useful small bird habitat and should be encouraged. Has been used in gardens as a hedge plant. Useful in preventing intrusion by dogs.
Flowers are white puff balls in winter and spring.
Propagation: From scarified seed or boiling water treatment.
The name refers to the gorse genus (Ulex) like foliage. There are seaside variants.
Photo: Robert Whyte