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Image(s) Botanical Name Common Name(s) Type Size
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Acacia dealbata
3 synonyms: Acacia decurrens var. dealbata, Mimosa dealbata, Racosperma dealbatum
blue wattle, muryan, silver wattleLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist
6-30 m x 5-10 m
Acacia implexa
synonym: Racosperma implexum
hickory wattle, lightwoodLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
5-15 m x 4-7 m
Acacia mearnsii
synonym: Racosperma mearnsii
black wattle, garrong, green wattle, late black wattleLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
Gum is used as chewing gum that dissolves as you chew. Bark can be soaked to make a tea, which is claimed to be good for indigestion.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
8-20 m x 6-10 m
Acacia melanoxylon
2 synonyms: Mimosa melanoxylon, Racosperma melanoxylon
australian blackwood, blackwood, blackwood acacia, hickory, mudgerabah, tasmanian blackwoodLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Fertile, Moist
Seeds are edible and flowers can be cooked and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
30 m x 15 m
Acacia pycnantha
synonym: Racosperma pycnanthum
golden wattleTree (up to 6 m), Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
Roasted seeds and gum can be eaten. Bark used as a sedative for rheumatism.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
3-10 m x 2-5 m
Allocasuarina littoralis
synonym: Casuarina littoralis
black she-oak, black sheoak, river black-oakLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
The gum can be chewed or made into a jelly by melting in hot water.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
8 m x 5 m
Brachyscome multifida
synonym: Brachyscome marginata var. multifida
cut leaf daisy, hawkesbury daisy, rocky daisyGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Dry, Moist, Well Drained
40 cm x 1 m
Brunonia australisblue pincushion, native cornflowerGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
10-40 cm x 10-15 cm
Bursaria spinosa
synonym: Bursaria spinosa var. normalis
blackthorn, boxthorn, kurwan (d'harawal), sweet bursaria, tupyTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Well Drained
6 m x 3 m
Callistemon sieberi
2 synonyms: Callistemon paludosus, Melaleuca paludicola
river bottlebrushTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Moist, Wet, Poorly Drained
3-10 m x 2-6 m
Carex appressa
3 synonyms: Carex appressa var. typica, Carex paniculata var. appressa, Vignea appressa
tall sedgeRush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Boggy
1.2 m x 1 m
Carex fascicularis
2 synonyms: Carex forsteri var. fascicularis, Carex pseudocyperus var. fascicularis
frog grass, tassel sedgeRush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade
Moist, Wet
1 m high
Chrysocephalum semipapposum
3 synonyms: Argyrocome semipapposa, Gnaphalium semipapposum, Helichrysum semipapposum
clustered everlastingGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bee Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist
50 cm x 1 m
Clematis aristataaustral clematis, minam 'berang, mountain clematis, old man's beardClimber / Scrambler / Creeper, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Wet, Well Drained
Taproot can be roasted and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Climbs up to 15 m high
Coronidium scorpioides
synonym: Helichrysum scorpioides
button everlasting, curling everlastingGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
30 cm x 30 cm
Craspedia variabiliscommon billy buttonsGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Boggy
1 m x 30 cm
Cyperus lucidus
synonym: Mariscus lucidus
common leaf-rush, cutting grass, cutty, leafy flat-sedge, leafy flat sedge, moo-oo grassRush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Aquatic
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Wet, Boggy, Aquatic
1.5 m high
Dianella longifolia var. longifolia
synonym: Dianella laevis
blueberry lily, blue flax-lily, pale flax-lily, smooth flax lilyLily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk), Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Dark blue or purple berries edibleCAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
30-80 cm x 50 cm
Dianella revoluta var. revoluta
3 synonyms: Dianella admixta, Dianella revoluta f. denticulata, Dianella revoluta f. elongata
black-anther flax-lily, blue-flax lily, blueberry lily, spreading flaxlilyLily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Dry, Well Drained
Dark blue or purple berries edible when ripe.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
0.3-0.8 m x 0.5-1.5 m
Dianella tasmanicablue flax lily, tasman flax-lilyLily, Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist
Dark blue or purple berries are edible when ripe..CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
1.5 m x 2 m
Einadia nutans subsp. nutansclimbing saltbush, nodding saltbushGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry
Red berries are sweet to eat. Leaves can also be eaten but should be boiled first.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
30 cm x 1.2 m
Eucalyptus cephalocarpa
synonym: Eucalyptus cinerea var. multiflora
mealy stringybark, silver-leaf stringybark, silver stringybarkLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Moist, Wet
8-20 m x 5-15 m
Eucalyptus goniocalyx
synonym: Eucalyptus aff. goniocalyx
bundy, bundy box, long-leaf box, long-leaved box, olive-barked boxLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Infertile, Dry, Well Drained
8-20 m x 6-15 m
Eucalyptus macrorhynchared stringybarkLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Infertile, Well Drained
10-35 m x 10-20 m
Eucalyptus melliodorahoney-scented gum, honey box, yellow box, yellow ironbark, yellow ironboxLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Well Drained
10-30 m x 8-25 m
Eucalyptus obliquabrown top, brown top stringbark, messmate, messmate stringybark, stringybark, tasmanian oakLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20-70 m x 10-35 m
Eucalyptus ovata
synonym: Eucalyptus gunnii var. ovata
black gum, swamp gumLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Infertile, Moist, Poorly Drained
30 m x 20 m
Eucalyptus radiatablack peppermint, forth river peppermint, grey peppermint, narrow-leafed peppermint, new south wales messmateLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
10-30 m x 6-20 m
Eucalyptus viminalis
3 synonyms: Eucalyptus angustifolia, Eucalyptus gunnii, Eucalyptus viminalis var. rhynchocorys
manna gum, ribbon gum, white gumLarge Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun
Moist
Sugary sap can be eaten, and flowers soaked in water make a sweet drink.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
10-50 m x 8-15 m
Gahnia sieberianared-fruited saw-sedgeRush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Sandy, Fertile, Moist, Wet
1.5-3 m x 2-3 m
Geranium solanderi var. solanderiaustral crane's bill, australian cranesbill, cut-leaf cranesbill, hairy geranium, native carrot, native geranium, southern cranesbillGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Indigenous Plant Use
Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Woody tap root rich in starch can be cooked and eaten.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
50 cm x 1.5 m, stems to 50 cm long.
Glycine clandestina
3 synonyms: Leptolobium clandestinum, Teramnus clandestinus, Triendilix clandestina
love creeper, twining glycineGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
30 cm to 2 m high
Goodenia ovata
synonym: Goodenoughia ovata
hop goodeniaLow Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Moist
1-2.5 m x 1-3 m
Goodia lotifoliaclover bush, clover tree, golden-tip, yellow peaTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
5 m x 5 m
Hakea decurrens ssp. physocarpabushy needlewoodLow Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist
2-5 m x 1-3 m
Hardenbergia violacea
synonym: Glycine violacea
false sarsaparilla, native sarsaparilla, purple coral pea, sarsparilla vineGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Climber / Scrambler / Creeper, Bee Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Nature Strip, Popular (home), Popular (bulk), Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Infertile, Dry, Moist, Well Drained
To make a tea, the leaves need to be initially boiled, then dried.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
2-6 m x 2-3 m
Indigofera australis
synonym: Anil australis
australian indigo, austral indigoLow Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Medium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Well Drained
2 m x 2 m
Kennedia prostrata
synonym: Caulinia prostrata
running postman, scarlet coral pea, scarlet runnerGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Nature Strip, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Well Drained
Nectar is sweet like honeysuckle, stems can be used for twine.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
1-2.5 m wide
Kunzea leptospermoidesburgan, yarra burganMedium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
2-5 m x 2-4 m
Lepidosperma laterale
synonym: Lepidosperma laterale var. typicum
Variable Sword SedgeGrass, Rush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade, Shade
Sandy, Moist
30–100 cm (Flower stalks to 1 m) x 2–8 mm
Leptospermum continentale
synonym: Leptospermum juniperinum
Prickly Tea-treeMedium Shrub (1 to 2 m), Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Moist, Wet, Well Drained
1.2 m x 1.2
Leptospermum lanigerum
2 synonyms: Leptospermum australe, Philadelphus laniger
Woolly TeatreeTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Tree (up to 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Hedging
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Poorly Drained
2-6 m x 1-3 m
Lomandra filiformis ssp coriacea
3 synonyms: Dracaena filiformis, Xerotes filiformis, Xerotes thunbergii
wattle mat-rushLily, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Moist, Well Drained
Nectar for food, and the leaves for basket makingCAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
15 x 50 cm
Lomandra longifolia
synonym: Xerotes longifolia
basket grass, karawun, spiny-headed mat-rush, spiny-head mat-rushRush / Sedge, Grass Like / Strappy, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk), Indigenous Plant Use
Full Sun, Partial Shade, Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
Young white leaves can be chewed to release starch.  The leaves were used to make strong nets and baskets.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
0.5-1 m x 0.5-1.2 m
Lythrum salicariapurple loosestrifeGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, May not be Indigenous to Whitehorse, Aquatic
Full Sun
Moist, Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained, Aquatic
1-2 m x 1 m
Melaleuca ericifolia
2 synonyms: Cajuputi ericifolia, Myrtoleucodendron ericifolium
Swamp PaperbarkTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Large Tree (over 6 m), Bee Attracting, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist
2-9 m x 3 m
Microlaena stipoidesweeping grass, weeping meadow grass, weeping rice grassGrass, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20 cm (stems to 1 m) x 60 cm
Microseris walteri
2 synonyms: Microseris aff. lanceolata, Microseris sp. 3
murnong, yam daisyGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Indigenous Plant Use
Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
Tuber can be eaten raw or cooked (roasted or fried).CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Prostrate, stems to 50cm, 15-50 cm wide.
Olearia liratasnowy daisy-bushTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Clay, Moist, Well Drained
2-5 m x 2-3 m
Olearia ramulosa
5 synonyms: Aster ramulosus, Diplostephium ramulosum, Eurybia ramulosa, Olearia ramulosa var. communis, Shawia ramulosa
twiggy daisy-bushTall Shrub (2 to 6 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
0.5-2 m x 1 m
Patersonia occidentalis var. occidentalislong purple flag, purple flagGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained
20-80 cm x 30-60 cm
Pelargonium australe
2 synonyms: Geraniospermum australe, Geranium australe
austral stork's-bill, native storksbill, wild geraniumGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bee Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Nature Strip, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
30-60 cm x 0.3-1 m
Pimelea humilis
synonym: Banksia humilis
common rice-flower, dwarf riceflowerGround Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Dry, Moist, Well Drained
10-30 cm x 0.3-1 m
Poa ensiformispurple-sheath tussock-grass, sword tussock-grassGrass, Grass Like / Strappy, Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Popular (home), Popular (bulk)
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist
30-50 cm (stems to 1 m) x 1 m