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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Xanthorrhoea minor subsp. lutea
Common Name:small grass-tree , toolimerin
Sold As:Tube4 ($4.00)
Lily, Grass Like / Strappy, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:The grassy leaves have an edible base, the young roots are sweet and while the flowers provided nectar the flower stems were used as light-weight spears.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
0.6-1 m x 0.2-1 m
Foliage:Green to blue-green loosely arching grass-like leaves to 1m long x 2-4mm wide growing from the base of the plant at ground level.
Flowers:Dense clusters of yellowish, strongly scented flowers arranged in a spike 5-30cm long held on a slender stem to 60cm. Plants may bear several spikes, flowering from November to February.
A slow growing ornamental specimen for containers, rockeries or growing en masse under trees. Flowers well after fire. Provides Nectar for butterflies and other insects.

  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. TreeProject
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)

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