Native ginger (Alpinia caerulea)
Although the soil in our wallum country is nutrient poor and the lack of many large trees means the area is quite exposed to the elements, local native plants thrive in this, their natural environment.
A wide range of late winter/early spring flowering plants can be viewed easily along the main roads and on accessible bush tracks at this time of year.
In the dry heath areas, look for the mass of white flowers of the wedding bush which grows to around three metres and is easily visible on the roadsides.
Other white flowering plants are Leptospermums, Hakeas and Phebalium. Pinks feature prominently at this time of year, with Boronias and the lovely Cooloola wax flower being stand-outs.
The other colour you will begin to see is yellow. There are many shrubs with pea flowers – heathy parrot pea, showy parrot pea, eggs and bacon, and golden candlesticks.
Plant of the month is the native ginger (Alpinia caerulea), an erect, multi-stemmed plant to three metres. The flowers are white, occur in spring, and are followed by blue fruit. The leaves have an attractive red reverse side. A sunny spot is best and it can be cut back if it straggles.
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.
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, email@example.com, www.cooloolacityfarm.org