City Farm talks acacias

Plant of the month, Acacia suaveolens (Sweet wattle) is a butterfly host - this small, open shrub likes sandy soil, has cream ball flowers and a pretty purple/grey seed pod

Plant of the month, Acacia suaveolens (Sweet wattle) is a butterfly host – this small, open shrub likes sandy soil, has cream ball flowers and a pretty purple/grey seed pod

Acacias or wattles are a significant Australian species. The golden wattle is Australia’s floral emblem and the green and gold of the wattle leaves and flowers are our official colours.

Acacias are a common feature of the Australian bush,  though are more often found in arid, semi-arid and dry subtropical areas. They act as pioneer plants after bushfires as they germinate quickly and thus provide protection for slower growing plants.

The foliage varies greatly in size and shape and colours range from dark or light green to blue/grey/silver.

Flowers appear in balls or cylindrical spikes and vary from cream to bright yellow. Many have a delicate perfume. Many flower in late winter, so wattle flowering is often seen to herald spring.

Certain species of acacia can be used to attract birds, bees and butterflies to your garden.

Please note: City Farm is now open on Thursday for a trial period. We are a cash only organisation and do not have the capability to take credit cards in payment.

Cooloola City Farm, opposite the Community Centre, on Tin Can Bay Road, is open to the public for plant sales on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday  and Friday from 8am-3pm, 07 54862304, ccfni09@gmail.com,  www.cooloolacityfarm.org