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Close up of the anigozanthos manglesii flower.
Light green leaves with brown undersides.

Atherton ginger

Botanical name: Alpinia caerulea

Common name: Atherton ginger, Red Back Australian Ginger

Description: A flowering, moisture-loving perennial 2m high, 1m wide, suited to containers and round.

Soil/habitat: Moisture-loving perennial

Cultural use: A flavoursome and practical edible root, an excellent native substitute for ordinary ginger, usable in sweet and savoury dishes and to make ginger tea. Edible bright blue berries with a pleasant ginger citrus flavour. Seeds can be toxic. Other uses include thatch shelters, handicrafts and food wrappings for cooking.

Close up of the anigozanthos manglesii flower.

Mangles Kangaroo Paw

Botanical name: Anigozanthos manglesii

Common name: Mangles Kangaroo Paw, Red and Green Kangaroo Paw

Noongar name: Kurulbrang, Nollamara, Yonga Marra, Knulbora

Description: Rhizomatous, perennial, herb, 0.2-1.1m high. Flowers are green & red from Aug to Nov.

Soil/habitat: White, yellow or grey sand, sandy loam.

Cultural use: The roots were eaten either raw or roasted in hot ashes. Sometimes roots were ground into a paste which was then formed into cakes and baked in hot ashes.

Long thin red flowers on angular leaved stems.


Botanical name: Beaufortia squarrosa

Common name: Sand Bottlebrush

Noongar name: Buno

Description: Shrub, 0.5-2m high, fruit 4-6mm long. Flowers are red-orange-yellow from Jan to May or Aug to Dec.

Soil/habitat: White, grey or yellow sand, sometimes over limestone, laterite. Sandplains, associated with winter-wet depressions.

Cultural uses: Flowers were a good source of nectar and were either sucked directly or the flowers were soaked in water to make a sweet drink.

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Botanical name: Calytrix acutifolia

Common name: Starflowers

Description: Slender, open-branched shrub, to 2m high. Flowers are white/cream/yellow from April to December.

Soil/habitat: White to yellow sand, brown sandy clay, gravelly grey-brown loam, red loam, granite, laterite. Consolidated dunes, slopes, swampy ground, rock outcrops, breakaways.

Centella asiatica stems with large rounded leaves.

Centella asiatica

Botanical name: Centella asiatica

Common name:  Gotu Kola, Kodavan, Indian pennywort and Asiatic pennywort

Description: Creeping, stoloniferous perennial, herb, 0.05-0.4m high. Flowers are Pink/purple-red/white from Aug to Dec or Jan to Apr.

Soil/habitat: Often in winter-wet depressions.

Cultural uses: Leaves are edible either raw or steamed. Treats minor wounds and other conditions such as leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, psoriasis, diarrhoea, fever, amenorrhea, diseases of the female genito-urinary tract, relieves anxiety and improves cognition.

Angular leaves of the darwinia citriodora prostrate seaspray plant.


Botanical name: Darwinia citriodora prostrate seaspray

Common name: Darwinia

Description: Low mounding groundcover, 0.5-1m high, spreads up to 1m. Flowers are vivid orange-red, attracts honeyeaters, butterflies and bees.

Soil/habitat: Sandy, loamy well-drained soils.

Small grass like shrub lepidosperma gladiatum.

Sword sedge

Botanical name: Lepidosperma gladiatum

Common name: Sword sedge

Description: Rhizomatous, tufted robust perennial, grass-like or herb (sedge), 0.5-3m high, clumps to 1.5m wide. Flowers are brown from Nov to Dec or Jan to May.

Soil/habitat: White, grey or calcareous sand, limestone, loam. Dunes, creeklines.

Stems and leaves of the regelia inops plant.

Regelia inops

Botanical name: Regelia inops

Common name: Regelia inops

Description: Erect, often spreading shrub, 0.75-2.5m high. Flowers pink-purple-blue in Jan or Mar or Jun or Oct to Dec.

Soil/habitat:Sandy soils. Winter-wet depressions, sandplains.

Stems small leaves and pink flowers of thryptomene saxicola


Botanical name: Thryptomene saxicola

Common name: Thryptomene

Description: Compact, low growing shrub, 0.75 – 1.5m. Flowers are pink from May-Oct. Attracts bees, buttlerflies, other insects.

Soil/habitat:Well drained loamy, sandy loam, clay loam, potting mix.

Xanthorrhoea brunonis plants in potting bags

Grass Tree

Botanical name: Xanthorrhoea brunonis

Common name: Grass Tree

Description: A low growing perennial grass tree, up to 1.5m high, trunk none or up to 0.1m, scape length 0.35-1.5m, spike length 0.1-0.3m. Flowers are white-cream from Oct to Dec.

Soil/habitat: Sand, sandy clay, laterite.

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Sea Celery

Botanical Name: Apium annuum

Common name: Sea Celery

Description: This drought tolerant, frost tolerant plant loves the sun, grows between 30cm and 50cm high, up to 50cm wide.

Soil/habitat: Choose a soil or potting mix that drains easily and water well throughout the year.

Cultural uses: A flavoursome herb or vegetable, substitute for celery, adds salty notes to any dish as a garnish, finely chopped or in sprigs to flavour soups, salads and chicken and seafood dishes. Stems may be enjoyed fresh, or blanched to temper the strong flavours.

White leaves of the atriplex nummularia.

Old Man Saltbush

Botanical name: Atriplex nummularia

Common name: Old Man Saltbush

Noongar name: Purngep, Pining or Binga

Description:  A woody shrub up to 3m high, grown in the ground or pots.

Soil/habitat: Tolerates drought, salinity and sandy soil in the wild, a rich and loamy, but free-draining soil.

Cultural use: Commonly used as a livestock grazing plant. The seeds and leaves are viable bush tucker, with the leaves salty in flavour and rich in protein, antioxidants and minerals. Enjoy leaves blanched, sautéed, wrapped around meat or fish, used in salads, or for stuffing poultry or dried as a herb or sprinkle.

Pale white stalks and leaves of olearia axillaris

Sea Rosemary

Botanical name: Olearia axillaris

Common name: Sea Rosemary, Wild Rosemary

Description: A bushy foliage bushfood plant with attractive silvery foliage, reaches 2m high. Cream-coloured flowers from Summer to late Autumn.

Soil/habitat: Prefers full sun and a light to medium well-drained soil. Salt tolerant and well-suited to coastal areas, as it’s resilient to strong winds and sandy soils with few nutrients. Does not tolerate extremely cold or wet conditions.

Cultural uses:Fragrant edible foliage with insect repelling properties. Can be used fresh and dried in a variety of savory and sweet dishes.

Small light yellow brown roots of platysace deflexa.


Botanical name:  Platysace deflexa

Common name: Ravensthorpe radish, Youlk

Description: Reaches 0.4m in height with a 1m diameter spread.

Soil/habitat: Thrives in dry conditions in nutrient-poor, sandy soils or part shade, in loamy soil. Water generously during Summer.

Cultural use:One of many edible bushfood roots in traditional cuisine, it holds special significance in Aboriginal culture as a marker of Indigenous identity, spirituality and connection to the land. Crisp apple-like texture, golden potato colour and hints of carrot and sweet eucalypt flavour, it makes a tasty ingredient for salads, stews, pies, gratin, cakes and other dishes.