Acacia retinodes aka Swamp Wattle


Acacia retinodes, also known as Retinodes water wattle, swamp wattle, wirilda, ever-blooming wattle, and silver wattle, is an evergreen shrub native to South Australia, Victoria, and Tasmania. This large spreading shrub can reach up to 6 meters in height and features narrowly lance-shaped, leaf-like phyllodes. Throughout the year, Acacia retinodes produces spherical lemon yellow flowerheads in short axillary racemes. Its plant range includes South Australia and Tasmania.

Common names

Swamp Wattle, Silver Wattle, Water Wattle

How to care for Swamp Wattle


Swamp Wattle requires a bit more attention and knowledge to thrive, making it a suitable plant for those with some gardening experience.


Swamp Wattle should be watered regularly, allowing the soil to dry out between waterings.


Swamp Wattle requires abundant, bright and direct light. Placing it less than one foot from a window is the best way to make sure the plant receives enough light to survive and thrive. Depending on your region, however, the current weather can affect the placement of the plant in your home. For example, in some areas the sun may be too direct and intense, so it's best to place it farther away from the window. You may also need to adjust your placement according to the season as the sunlight can change intensity over the course of the year. If you live in a region with significant temperature fluctuations, such as a desert, you may need to place the plant a bit farther away from the window to avoid extreme heat or cold. With some care and attention, your Swamp Wattle will be sure to bring you many years of beauty and enjoyment.


Ploi's records do not contain confirmed information on the toxicity of this particular plant. In the event of accidental ingestion of plant material with questionable toxicity by you, a family member, or a pet, it is always a good idea to consult a healthcare professional.

Region of origin

Swamp Wattle’s native range is Australia - Victoria, New South Wales, Tasmania. Locally naturalized in S. Europe[50].

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