butterfly host plants

Dianella  brevipendunctulata – Blue Flax-Lily thumbnail

Dianella brevipendunctulata – Blue Flax-Lily

Dianella berries (November 2018) on front verge. Rich purple berries follow delicate flowers. Bought as tubestock (3), Kumbartcho, December 2016.Planted on west side of tank. Bought as tubestock (30), Kumbartcho, December 2016.Planted on south side of verge. Label says:Herb to 60 cm HighAspect: Full Sun / Semi-ShadeSoil/Conditions: Dry / Well-DrainedEvergreen Perennial, Dark Green arching strap-like… Read more

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Pentas

Pentas have hairy green leaves and clusters of flowers in shades of red, white, pink, and purple. I planted some in the front bed from a punnet of seedlings and forgot about them until a year on I found this one thriving despite considerable neglect.  And today I saw them again at the Bribie Island… Read more

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Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo Vine) thumbnail

Cissus antarctica (Kangaroo Vine)

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… Read more

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Orthosiphon aristatus – Cat’s Whiskers thumbnail

Orthosiphon aristatus – Cat’s Whiskers

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… Read more

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Hoya australis

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… Read more

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Eupomatia laurina – Native Guava

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… Read more

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Okinawa spinach

I got some Okinawa spinach cuttings from Diane at BLF. They strike very easily, stand up to summer heat, and are another option for greens. And it seems it is also attracts the Blue Tiger butterfly… Read more

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Hardenbergia violacea

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… Read more

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