Natives (A-Z)

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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