Category: Native Plants
Finger Lime (Citrus australasica)
Dr Ketah Silvester Native finger lime. Think citrus caviar! Squeeze it out the tube and enjoy. So good. One of the best Australian natives to cultivate in your edible garden! Pink champagne finger lime. Blood orange finger lime hybrid from CSIRO. Another CSIRO finger lime hybrid.
Cape York Lilly (Curcuma australasica)
Cape York Lilly in flower. Curcuma australasica, the native turmeric or Cape York lily. What a stunning plant. Very similar to regular turmeric in appearance with the exception of a beautiful pink stripe down the centre of the leaf. Can be used in much the same way as normal turmeric (if you can bring yourself…
Bush Food Plant Book
Many Australian native plants are edible but not all are as palatable as others. Check out this new booklet, that introduces some of the tastiest and most rewarding Australian natives to grow around SEQ. Produced by Brisbane Edible Gardening, a community education organisation and Land for Wildlife member, based in Brisbane’s west and Paten Park…
Putting Back the Forest
For those interested in regenerating the land, here is a fantastic (free!) resource from the Moggill Creek Catchment Group. Thank you to everyone who worked to put this together. So much valuable information for those wishing to rehabilitate their properties.
Native to the islands of Moreton Bay where it is a small heathland shrub to 2m. This hardy plant makes an attractive addition to ornamental gardens, but it is the fruits that are truly wonderful. The speckled white berries are for juicy and delicious, something akin to Eucalyptus mixed with Cinnamon. If you want to…
Bush Basil (Plectranthus graveolens)
Bush Basil (Plectranthus graveolens). An awesome edible Australian native plant. It is a low growing shrub to 1m that likes to spread and is perfect for filling gaps. It has a Mediterranean flavour and is great in pastas. It has the added advantage of attracting bees and deterring possums. https://tuckerbush.com.au/bush-basil-plectranthus…/
Australian native plants are a great resource for a hardy and reliable edible garden. We have a wide range of edible native plants thriving amongst our other perennial edible plants. Our Bush Foods include Atherton Raspberry, Blue tongue, Blueberry Lilly (aka. Blueberry Flax Lily), Bush Basil (aka. Native Coleus, Gin Berry, Mountain Plectranthus, Sticky Cockspur,…
Atherton Raspberry (Rubus probus)
Atherton Raspberries (Rubus probus) are fruiting in the garden soon (June). This Australian native plant has a flavour similar to traditional raspberries. A native dry rainforest plant that will tolerate a range of soil types. They grow in stands with canes to about 2m high. They prefer full sun and regular water for prolific fruiting.…
What Do We Grow?
Thank you for all of the lovely comments so far. Many of you have asked for a list of plants we grow. We have a very diverse garden. The garden is a testing site for plants. So far we have evaluated about 500 different edible species. Of those 500 about 200 turned out to be…
Native Sea Celery
Sea Celery (Apium prostratum) is an Australian native biannual herb. It will grow in full sun to part shade and adapts to growing in a wicking pot very well. It has a pleasant but very strong celery/parsley flavour so use sparingly in salads or cooking. Ours are grown in wicking boxes on top of a…