Plant Finder

Image of Elephant's ears

Originating in central eastern Asia, vigorous plant with obovate to obovate-elliptic green leaves. Leaves are roughly 25cm long and narrowed at the base, with toothed margins. Flowers are bright rose-pink. They are produced in panicle-like cyms in late winter and early spring. Plant is roughly 30cm tall and 60cm wide.

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Image of Kurrajong

This iconic Australian tree is grown for shade and emergency stock feed. Its flowers are produced in summer. It is often found in groves on limestone outcrops, growing up to 20m tall.

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Image of Mauve Delight

Originating from the Pilliga region in western NSW this small herb is often referred to as B.pilligaensis. Leaves are green, wedge-shaped, have jagged edges and are about 4cm long. Flowers are mauve, daisy-like with a yellow centre. These are borne on long stems in spring and summer. Brachyscome formusa grows to a height of about 15cm and a width of about 40cm.

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Image of Cut-leaf Daisy

This is a flowering perennial from eastern Australia growing up to 50cm in height. With colourful pink and mauve daisy flowers for much of the year, it is improved by occasional pruning to maintain density and flowers. There are a number of varieties of this plant available. This plant is a food source and resting spot for butterflies.

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Image of Sweet Bursaria

This sweet-smelling open shrub is quite ungainly when young but becomes more attractive when mature, growing up to 2.5m. Its branches are thorny and flowers-- produced in summer--are creamy-white in colour and fragranced. It produces brown fruits after flowering and is attractive to butterflies. Very hardy in a wide range of soils and conditions, it is found in all Australian states and territories but the Northern Territory. Sweet Bursaria is a member of the Pittosporaceae family.

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Image of Bottlebrush

Callistemons are good value, robust shrubs able to cope with frost, pollution, and seaspray. These Australian plants have masses of flowers and are bird-attracting. This weeping, hybrid bottlebrush grows up to 6m and has bright red flower spikes up to 12cm produced abundantly in spring and early summer. The new growth is pink, while mature leaves are a mid-green. Regular pruning will maintain the shape. This plant is a nectar and seed source for birds.

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Image of Dwarf Bottlebrush

Slow growing shrub. Low mound easily maintained by occasional pruning. Leaves are narrow and bluish grey-green in colour. Flowers are produced in late winter to autumn and are bright red in colour. Fruits are enclosed in brown capsules which persist for several years. Likes moisture, but can withstand drought. Like other Callistemons, it attracts hummingbirds.

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Image of Red Bottlebrush

Versatile shrub with an upright habit of 2-2.5m high and 1.5 metres wide with ends of stems weeping but not pendulous. This plant will do better with good watering particularly if planted in sand, in addition to mulching. Red flowers are produced in spring and summer. This plant is a nectar and seed source for birds.

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Image of Crimson Bottlebrush

Variable shrub, usually with arching branches. Leaves are lance-shaped, dark green in colour and grow to 10cm long. Flowers (5-15cm) are crimson red, grow in spikes and are produced in spring and summer. This plant grows to about 1.5-8m tall and wide.

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Image of Scarlet Bottlebrush

Medium sized, hardy, evergreen shrub. Leaves are light green in colour. Bottle-brush scarlet red flowers are observed from late spring to summer. Callistemon rugulosus grows to a height of about 1m and a width of 2m. Plants grown in full sun produce the best flowers. Plants can be lightly pruned after flowering to keep them in shape.

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Image of Coastal Saltbush

This is a landscape shrub up to 3m for exposed windy and salty coastal sites in all states of Australia. Along coastal paths it provides shelter while its gaps provide views across the water. Its grey silver foliage benefits from hard pruning for form.

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Image of Port Jackson Pine

Narrow, dense-crowned large shrub. Leaves are bright green or blue-green. Female cones (0.8-1.5cm across) are spherical and grey-brown in colour and are produced in groups or singly. This plant grows to 9-15m tall and 2-3m wide.

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Image of Lemon Beauty-heads

Small herb with silvery grey leaves. Many small, bright yellow (lemon) flowerheads are borne in summer. Dies back in winter. This drought-resistant, very hardy container plant grows to about 0.2-0.5m tall and 0.3-1m wide. It can survive in lightly grazed paddocks.

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Image of Common Net-bush

Originating from Western Australia with an unusual flower formation giving it its common name. Erect to spreading shrub. Leaves are linearly shaped, greyish to dark green in colour and roughly 3cm long. Flowers have one sided spikes and are red in colour, roughly 2.5cm long. Flowering occurs from late spring to autumn, clusters of flowers are often formed. This plant is roughly 2-4m tall and 2-5m wide.

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Image of Common Fringe Myrtle

Dwarf to tall shrub with small narrow leaves and thin lightweight branches. The leaves are slightly fleshy with a fragrance. A healthy shrub is bright green with yellow-green young tips. Flowering occurs in October. Flowers are white or pink and are clustered along the branches. This shrub usually reaches 1 m or more. Position in sun or light shade, plant in well-drained lime free soil.

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Image of Sedge

Densely tufted evergreen plant. Leaves are erect, pale pinkish brown and roughly 30cm long, with curled tips. Flowers are borne in early and midsummer. These are stubbly, red-brown spikes, 1-3cm long which grow on stems (roughly 25cm long). This plant grows to about 25cm tall and 15cm wide. This plant is not drought tolerant.

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Evergreen tree. Leaves are arching, pale olive-green in colour and grow to about 60cm. Leaves on the surfaces that receive full sunlight are orange-brown in colour. The flowers are cylindrical in shape and brown in colour. They appear as spikes which grow on stems to 2.5cm long. Flowering occurs in mid-summer, the stems later produce fruit. This plant is roughly 1.5m tall and 60cm wide. This plant is not drought tolerant.

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Image of Bush anemone

Upright, open shrub. Bark is peeling and pale brown in colour. Leaves are ovate, oblong and dark green in colour. Flowers are shaped like cups and are fragranced. The colouring is unique; white flowers with central yellow stamens. These are produced from the upper leaf in early and midsummer. Plant grows to roughly 2m tall (can be taller if it's against a wall) and 2m wide. It is well adapted to wildfire, reproducing by stump sprouts after burning. Natural seedlings are rare.

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Image of Karkalla or Pigface

With its succulent fleshy leaves similar to jelly beans, and purple flowers in summer, the Karkalla provides good ground-cover. Spreading up to 2m, it is particularly useful for exposed locations, as part of succulent displays or as an interesting roof-garden plant.

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Image of Blue Spiraea

Dense shrub. Leaves are ovate, lance-shaped and grey-green in colour. They grow to about 5cm long. Flowers are a gorgeous purple-blue colour and are about 1cm across. These are borne in late summer and early autumn. This plant grows to about 1m tall and 1.5m wide.

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