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  1. 210 Flowers not open photo by Rich Weatherill
  2. 210_0 Full flower photo by Rich Weatherill
  3. 210_1 No flower photo by Rich Weatherill
  4. 210_2 No flower photo by Rich Weatherill
  5. Full_flowering_-_bill_and_mark_bell Full flowering by Bill & Mark Bell

Purple Mulla Mulla

Ptilotus exaltatus


  • Erect annual herb.
  • Size: up to 1.2 m high.
  • Leaves: Basal rosette of spatula shaped leaves up to 10cm long.
  • Flowers: Pink/purple flower spikes are up to 10 cm long and 4 cm across with loosely-hairy flowers.

What to Observe

  • First fully open single flower
  • Full flowering (record all days)
  • End of flowering (when 95% of the flowers have faded)
  • Not flowering

ClimateWatch Science Advisor

We expect plants to start shooting and flowering earlier in the year as a result of climate change warming the Earth. They may also start appearing in new areas, as warmer temperatures enable them to live in environments that were previously too cold for them.

When To Look

  • April to November

Where To Look

  • Widespread in inland New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Northern Territory, South Australia and Western Australia.
  • Found in dry, well drained soil.

Purple Mulla Mulla Occurrence Map ALA



Napier J & van Leeuwen S. 2008. Common Plants of the Pilbara. Department of Environment and Conservation.

Woodley M et al. Wangalili Yindjibarndi and Ngarluma Plants. Juluwaru Aboriginal Corporation.

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  1. What Else?

    It is a distinctive species and unlikely to be confused for any other.

  1. Did You Know?

    It is one of the largest Mulla Mulla's.