Plant of the month – Carrot Tops

Botanical Name: Platysace linearifolia

Common Name: Carrot Tops

Family: Apiaceae, same family as the carrot.

Meaning:

Platysace: From the Greek word, meaning flat, referring to the fruit.

linearifolia: From Latin, meaning straight leaves.

Habitat: Dry, sclerophyll forest and heath.

Soils: Soils on sandstone, drought tolerant.

Habit: To 1m.

Flowers: Small, white, star-like in clusters at the end of branches. Attracts native pollinators.

Flowering time: December to May.

Leaves: Narrow, soft, crowded, thread-like. Have a carrot like smell when crushed.

Range: Queensland and NSW coast, north of Jervis Bay.

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