Grass Tree protected

It is illegal to remove the Grass Tree  from their habitat

It is illegal to remove the Grass Tree from their habitat

The Grass Tree (Xanthorrhoea) is an iconic and eye-catching plant readily seen in our local heath.

Grass trees have a thick, corky trunk either above or below ground and the long, narrow, spiky leaves form the crown at the top of the trunk.

This is often said to resemble a grass skirt. The dramatic flower spike has white/cream flowers, followed by seed capsules containing hard, black, oval seeds. They are very slow growing, but do not have to be fully grown to look interesting in a garden.

Grass trees have highly flammable leaves, but the trunk is watery, so the tree can survive most bushfires and flowering is most prolific after them. This may be life-saving for birds and insects.

All varieties in Queensland are protected and it is illegal to remove them from their habitat.

Our plant of the month is Xanthorrhoea johnsonii (Forest or Wallum grasstree). It has an aerial trunk to a few metres and will enjoy a sunny position that must be well drained.

On June 29, from 8am at the Community Hall in Rainbow Beach, we will have plants available for sale, or you can collect two free plants on presentation of your September 2018 GRC rates notice.

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

Please note: During winter, City Farm will be open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. At the beginning of spring, we will open Friday as well.  We are a cash only organisation.