Hibiscus tiliaceus – Cottonwood (flowers, edible, medicinal) Leptospernum laevigatum – Australian Tea Tree(flowers, medicinal) Acronychia laeris – Hard Aspen/Northern White Lilly Pilly (aromatic, flowers, edible) Cupaniopsis anacardioides – Tuckeroo (flowers, edible) Melaleuca viridiflora – Broad Leaved Paperbark (flowers, medicinal, bark useful) Banksia aemula – Wallum Banksia (flowers) Pipturus argenteus – Native Mulberry (flowers, edible, dye) Alectryon […]
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PURSLANE …is a pretty little succulent groundcover, with a red radial stem and green leaves. One of the most overlooked of all plants, it’s ability to grow just about anywhere (including between bricks) gives the impression that it is a pesky weed. But that’s just a figment of our cultural collective – look a little […]
GOTU KOLA (or INDIAN PENNYWORT)…is a wild groundcover found almost ubiquitously the world over. Abundant after rain or in permanently wet locales, it’s health benefits are profound. A daily wild forage of just 2 large leaves eaten upon collection or in salad ensures it’s protective benefits (1). It’s ability to strengthen both vein & nerve […]
PINK PERIWINKLE is considered a weed by Australian authorities and eradication guidelines are readily available. In reality, it’s just as much a new migrant as the invasive “white man” and holds high medicinal value. The juice of fresh leaves displays antidiabetic activity by reducing blood glucose , the flower extract has wound-healing activity  & […]