Gardening

Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Commelina cyanea Common Name: Scurvy Weed Family: Commelinaceae Meaning: Commelina – After Dutch 17th century botanists Johan and Caspar Commelin. cyanea: From Latin meaning rich mid-blue Scurvy Weed: Used by early European settlers to avoid or treat scurvy. Looks similar to …

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Plant of the month

Common Name: Flannel Flower Botanical Name: Actinotus helianthi Family: Apiaceae Meaning of Name: Actinotus – From Greek, meaning having rays, referring to the bracts around the flowers. helianthi – From Greek meaning like a sunflower. Height: grows up to 1m high. Range: …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Lomandra multiflora subsp. multiflora Family: Asparagaceae Meaning: Lomandra: From Greek loma meaning egde and andros meaning male referring to some species having bordered anthers. multiflora: From Latin meaning multi flowered Habitat: Heathlands and on sandstone Flowers: Creamy yellow Flowering time: Spring …

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Plant of the Month

Common name: Native raspberry, Small-leaved bramble Botanical Name: Rubus parvifolius Family: Rosaceae Description: Scrambling shrub with spiky stems up to 2 metres long. Good food source for birds and other wildlife. Flowers: Deep pink, October to December Fruit: Edible berries, December to …

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Plant of the Month

Common name: Common Fringe Lily Botanical Name: Thysanotus tuberosus Family: Anthericaceae Description: Herb with roots clustered, tuberous. Flowering time: September–April Meaning: Thysanotus – from Greek thysanotos, fringed, in reference to the flowers. Tuberosus – from Latin tuberculum, a swelling, referring to the tubers on the …

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Plant of the Month

Common Name: Forest Phebalium or Scaly Phebalium Botanical Name: Phelabium squamulosum spp. squamulosum Family: Rutaceae Height: 0.5 – 1.5m Flowers: Pale yellow Flowering Time: usually spring Leaves: Underside with brownish scales Meaning: Phebalium – from the Greek phibalee, meaning a kind of …

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