Plant of the Month: You may have noticed the tumbling seed heads of Beach spinifex (Spinifex sericeus) on the beach recently. Beach spinifex has leaves with a silvery upper surface that reflects light and helps prevent moisture loss.
Long runners go under and over the sand and root at the nodes, quickly colonising an area and helping stabilise dunes. Thus it is a very important part of our foreshore ecosystem.
Free local plants are available on your latest rates notice, so come in to see our range. We are here for help and advice and welcome any requests for assistance with native plant choices and issues.
Every spring my eyes are drawn to the long-lasting display of yellow flowers that stretches for many kilometres between the Rainbow Beach turn-off and Goomboorian. I believe these plants are yellow cosmos, a native of Mexico and parts of South America.
They are a very hardy plant, so we can expect to see them well into the future. They are very bright and colorful, but unfortunately, are not our natives.
City Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday from 8am-3pm, 07 54862304, email@example.com, www.cooloolacityfarm.org
City Farm will be closed from December 22 until January 10.