Natives (A-Z)

Acacia Fimbriata – Brisbane Wattle

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The focal point of our front garden is the Brisbane Wattle.  It has birds of all sizes  in it every day – fairy wrens, small brown honey eaters, Australasian fig bird, Noisy friarbirds, all love this tree.  In late winter, it has a mass of yellow flowers and is abuzz with bees. These medium-sized trees… more…

Austromyrtus tenuifolia – midgen berry

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Also known as the the midgen berry. I planted this along at the bottom of the eastern fence several years ago but it became overshadowed by a more vigorous westringia. Earlier this year the Westringia went and with the new access to light and space this little shrub has grown well. It is now quite… more…

Bauera rubioides (Dog Rose)

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Small shrub from Mt Barney & Mt Lindesay.  Thin wiry branches are slightly hairy. Whorled leaves. Attractive and prolific pink or white flowers with 4 to 10 petals in spring and summer. Also been referred to as Madder-Leaved Bauera. Rambling shrub to 2 metres.  Occurs in wet, shaded areas of New South wales, Victoria, Tasmania… more…

Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo Vine)

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Tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery December 2016 Planted in pot on vertical wall on back fence behind pond. Will receive some shelter from sun in summer and be all shade in winter (south-facing). Label says: Scrambling / Climbing Woody Vine or Ground Cover to 5 Metres, Evergreen Perennial, Bright Green leaves to 12 cm, Yellowish flowers… more…

Dichondra repens – Kidney Weed

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Creeping herb with green circular leaves. Said to have greenish-white 5 mm flowers in Spring/Summer but I have yet to see any. I find this a useful creeping groundcover in the front lawn, on the verge, on mulched paths.  It dries out quickly in hot sun but usually comes back again when it’s cooler. Mows… more…

Enchylaena tomentosa – Ruby Saltbush

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery, December 2016. Planted in south-west corner I will watch how it goes – for consideration in the native verge garden to be planted out this autumn. Shrub to 0.5 Metres High by 1 Metre across Aspect: Full Sun Soil/Conditions: Adaptable / Moist to Sandy Description: Dense Prostrate Habit Evergreen… more…

Eupomatia laurina – Native Guava

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Label says: Semi-shade, well-drained to 5m tall. Open arching habit, evergreen, cream daisy-shaped flowers in late spring/early summer. Green urn-shaped fruit. Attracts fruit eating birds Eastern dusk-flat butterfly host plant Aboriginal food and tool source fruit can be used for jam Wikipedia – Eupomatia laurina: In cultivation E… more…

Front Pond and Native Pond Plants

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In December 2013, my Christmas present to myself was a pond. It’s in the front bed which means the morning sun comes in at the side. Plants are: NYMPHOIDES PURPLE MOZAIC – Yellow water fringe lily . Bought from Mappins at West End – said that it needs 5 hours of sun to flower (less… more…

Graptophyllum ilicifolium – Holly Fuschia

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Holly Fuschia is a  pretty shrub with leaves that look and feel like holly leaves but red fushia-like flowers rather than berries.  If you have fond memories of holly from the Northern Hemisphere – or associate it with Christmas – this is a good substitute. But it is much more than that. The flowers suit… more…

Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’

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The Grevillea ‘Peaches and Cream’ was the first plant in the native strip. It’s at the north end and we see it when we look out of the window.   This plant is thriving – more than doubled it’s size in less than a year.  The small brown honeyeaters as well as the larger birds… more…

Hardenbergia violacea

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A flowering plant in the pea family Fabaceae, native to Australia from Queensland to Tasmania. It is known in Australia by the common names false sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, happy wanderer, native lilac and waraburra. (wikipedia) Hardenbergia violacea is usually a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants. It is moderately… more…

Hernandia bivalvis – Grease Nut Tree / Cudgerie

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016. To be kept in a pot. Links http://wetlandinfo.ehp.qld.gov.au/wetlands/ecology/components/species/?hernandia-bivalvis grows up to 20m tall http://www.brisrain.org.au/01_cms/details.asp?ID=254 Small tree 6 – 12m http://www.plantthis.com.au/plant-information.asp?gardener=25910  … more…

Hibbertia scandens

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Also known as snake vine, climbing Guinea flower or golden Guinea vine Tubestick from Kumbartcho, planted in north-east corner near fence – January 2017 http://anpsa.org.au/h-sca.html a fairly vigorous climber or scrambler, growing to 2 to 5 metres long. It has elliptic to obovate leaves 3-9cm long by 1-3 cm wide. The large golden yellow flowers… more…

Hoya australis

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commonly known as the Waxvine or Common waxflower Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Planted in pot with native violets at base. Wikipedia – Hoya Australis says it is an evergreen climbing vine which may reach 4–10 m (13–33 ft). It has simple opposite glabrous (shiny) leaves 3–6 cm long and 2–5 cm wide… more…

Kangaroo Paw

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I planted two Kangaroo Paws in a hurry on the native strip in March 2011 before I went away for 3 weeks.  They grew steadily through the winter but were doing nothing much when we went away in early September.  Six weeks later (mid-October), we returned to this… and this… It’s a west-facing wall –… more…

Lemon Myrtle

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Backhousia citriodora (common names lemon myrtle, lemon scented myrtle, lemon scented ironwood) is a flowering plant in the family Myrtaceae, genus Backhousia. (wikipedia) See also http://www.lemonmyrtle.com.au/ Bought at native Plant sale September 2016… more…

Leptospermum polygalifolium – Wild May

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Bought as tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Planted toward eastern end of back fence. Round, dense shrub to 4m tall.  Sun/semi-shade. White flowers in spring. Attracts birds and bees. Leaves aromatic when crushed. ANPSA “Usually found in sandy or sandstone-derived soils but sometimes found in basalt soil or rocks, often in moist depressions or along… more…

Mazus Pumilio

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Common Name – Swamp Mazus. A native ground cover for wet to waterlogged soils. Rosettes of tiny oak-like leaves. Unusual asymmetrical lilac/blue flowers in Spring-Summer. Grows in full sun or part shade. Low perennial herb forming rosettes connected by rhizomes. Flowering: September–April Bought Native Plant Sale: September 2016 Doesn’t like to dry out. Divides easily… more…

Myoporum boninense ssp.australe (Boobialla)

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Suggested by a volunteer at Kumbartcho Nursery as a more local Myoporum than the finer leaved ones you buy in the shops, and a very hardy low-growing shrub for the front verge. Small white flowers in Autumn followed by berries. Full sun or semi-shade Grows to approx. 50cm with spread of 1 to 2 metres… more…

Native Strip

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The first role of the garden is to provide habitat for the many beneficial creatures – from the native bees and lizards to the small birds to the possums. There was a front hedge when we moved in – extremely trimmed lillypilly, now less formal. It’s on the south border so it made sense to… more…

Orthosiphon aristatus – Cat’s Whiskers

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Bought as tubestock at Kumbartcho Nursery 10/12/2016 Label says: Round bushy, shrub to 1m in sun or semi-shade.  Likes well drained, moist soil. Dark green leaves to 5cm long. White/lavender flowers in spring and summer. Attracts birds, bees and butterflies. Planted at the base of a birdbath by the back tap.   Wikipedia – orthosiphon… more…

Pandorea Jasminoides – Bower of Beauty

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Bought: Nambour Garden Show July 2016 Planted: Against back fence to climb on wires (southfacing, gets sun in summer) Prefers full sun or part-shade Pruning after flowering can restrain growth and plants respond well to hard pruning. It is important to note that Pandorea species develop a strong and penetrating root system and should not… more…

Pararistolochia – Richmond birdwing butterfly vine

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Bought: Nambour Garden Show July 2016 Planted: Against back fence to climb on wires (southfacing, gets sun in summer) Links https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pararistolochia_praevenosa http://www.saveourwaterwaysnow.com.au/01_cms/details_pop.asp?ID=291 http://richmondbirdwing.org.au/… more…

Philydrum lanuginosum – Frogsmouth

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Frogsmouth shown here in a pot with some Mazus Pumilio partly submerged in the front pond. It started as a tiny tubestock from the Nambour show and was growing well with many flower spikes about  metre long. You can see how it gets its name from the yellow flowers – one just visible in the… more…

Pigface Red – Mesembryanthemum

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Pigface is a bright, cheerful plant I remember from early childhood and when I saw a punnet of seedlings in the nursery, I knew I had to include it. It’s a succulent with the grey leaves and starkly contrasting soft bright flowers. They are so soft that you need to touch them to appreciate it… more…

Plectranthus Parviflorus – Cockspur flower

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Herb to 10-70cm tall. Shade. A tufted perennial herb with flsehy tuberous base and mid-green soft felt-like leaves, bears non-aromatic pale blue to violet blue flowers most of the year. Tubestock from Kumbartcho Nursery Planted under wattle tree 20/12/2016… more…

Plumbago Zeylanica

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Attractive, scrambling shrub to 1m. Flowers white or pale mauve from spring to autumn. Sticky fruits adhere to clothing, skins and pets and may be a minor nuisance near walkways or other high traffic locations. (ref) Grows as an understory plant in monsoon forest and vine thickets (ref) Food plant for Zebra Blue butterfly. Bought… more…

Plunkett Mallee – Eucalyptus Curtisii

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Eucalyptus curtisii, or Plunkett mallee, is a small tree that is native to Queensland in Australia. It is a mallee eucalyptus that grows from 2 to 7 metres in height and has smooth, grey bark that peels in long strips. The adult leaves are 6 to 13 cm long and 10 to 25 mm wide… more…

Podocarpus elatus (Brown Pine)

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It is a medium to large evergreen tree growing to 30–36 m tall with a trunk up to 1.5 m diameter. The leaves are lanceolate, 5–15 cm long (to 25 cm long on vigorous young trees) and 6–18 mm broad. The seed cones are dark blue-purple, berry-like, with a fleshy base 2-2.5 cm diameter bearing a single oval or… more…

Putting the Native Back into Native Strips

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On Friday, our new street tree was installed in line with the blue dot by two friendly workmen from the BCC.  They called it a “Lop Con” short for Lophostemon confertus (Queensland Brush Box), and it’s the same as the others in the street. One neighbour who is also missing a tree has already ordered… more…

Scaevola – Fan Flower

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Scaevola is suddenly fashionable. It’s a pretty plant with flowers that look like half a daisy – hence fan flowers. In the new bed betweent he tank and the house, I have Aussie Winners – aemula which has larger, softer leaves and larger flowers, and some slightly smaller cheaper versions from Ridgy-Didge. They have morning… more…

Silky Hakea

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Hakea sericea, commonly known as Needlebush or Silky Hakea, is a large species of shrub native to Australia. It is native to New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania but is found outside these states. It grows up to 3 metres (10 ft) as a spreading and bushy shrub, flowering from winter to early spring. Tag says… more…

Stenocarpus ‘Doreen’

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Stenocarpus ‘Doreen’ – according to its tag is an attractive medium shrub with delicate mid-green foilage and large clusters of creamy flowers in summer. Full sun to part shade, 2m high and 1.5m wide. It has done well but a couple of years later it is more like 4m high and .75 m wide –… more…

Viola Hederacea / Banksii (Native Violet)

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I call the native violet my weed of choice. This is not meant in a derogatory sense. Bare soil will always be colonised by something so why not encourage this friendly little plant to out-compete less attractive weeds and be the default groundcover. Native Violets grow in all sorts of places from full shade to… more…

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