Gardening

Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Acacia brownii Common Name: Heath Wattle Family: Mimosaceae Meaning: Acacia: Derived from akis meaning a sharp point. brownii: named after botanist Robert Brown (1773 – 1858) Habitat: In woodland, heath and dry sclerophyll forest on sandy or clay loam soils. …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Banksia ericifolia ssp. ericifolia Common Name: Heath-leaved Banksia Family: Proteaceae Meaning: Banksia: Named after Joseph Banks ericifolia: named after genus Erica because of similar leaf shape (European Heath) Habitat: In heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll forests on sandstone. Habit: Shrub …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Hibbertia cistiflora spp. cistiflora Common Name: Guinea Flower Meaning: Hibberita: Named after George Hibbert, an Englishman who had a private botanic garden cistiflora: named after genus Cistis (Mediterranean Rockrose) Habitat: In heath and woodland on sandstone. Leaves: Rough with warty …

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Plant of the month

Botanical Name: Drosera spathulata Common Name: Common Sundew   Meaning: Drosera: From Greek droseros meaning dewey, referring to the droplets on the hair glands. spathulata: From Latin meaning spoon shaped. This carnivorous herb has leave hairs tipped with clear, sticky liquid which …

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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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