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Botanical Name:Microseris walteri
2 synonyms:   Microseris aff. lanceolata , Microseris sp. 3
Common Name:murnong , yam daisy
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Cottage, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Tuber can be eaten raw or cooked (roasted or fried).CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Prostrate, stems to 50cm, 15-50 cm wide.
Foliage:Tufts of dark-green, shiny, long narrow toothed leaves to 20cm long.
Flowers:Single bright yellow daisy flowerheads to 2-3cm in diameter on a erect stems from July to November, followed by fluffy white heads.
Small tufted perennial herb with tuberous root. The Yam daisy differs from the introduced dandelion by its narrow leaves and drooping flower buds. Useful for containers, rockeries or cottage gardens. Regenerates annually from tuberous rootstock. Needs well drained soils.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Gardening Australia (ABC TV) - "Gold Fields" covering this and other plants
  6. Gardening Australia (ABC TV) @ Facebook
  7. Growing and transplanting murnong – a cultural and commercial crop
  8. iNaturalist
  9. NatureMapr (Canberra)
  10. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

See: "Growing and transplanting murnong" above.

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