Duboisia hopwoodii – Pituri

A medium to large shrub growing naturally in inland regions, well suited to arid areas. Grows well in cultivation and makes a useful screen, plants stand up to cutting. Bears white, bell-shaped flowers with purple stripes in the throat, from winter to spring in its natural range.
An important plant for Aborigines, the powdered leaves and twigs are chewed for their effect on the body. Produces a narcotic effect due to the presence of nicotine alkaloids, and suppresses hunger. The plant goes through a particular preparation process for this, and only plants from specific areas are used for humans due to the differing levels of safe or poisonous alkaloids in plants from different areas. The leaves are poisonous to stock animals and camels.

Picture provided by Philip Clarke, from his new book Discovering Aboriginal Plant Use: Journeys of an Australian Anthropologist

Scientific Name:Duboisia hopwoodii
Common Name:Pituri
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:2 ~ 5 metres
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:White, Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid
Planting Season:Spring
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Open foliage, Spreading
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Groundcover
Special Features:Fast growing

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The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 


Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW


IndigiGrow- Sydney- NSW


Harvest Seeds And Native Plant Nursery – Sydney – NSW


Native Grace Nursery – Robertson NSW


Wariapendi Nursery – Colo Vale NSW


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW


Cool Country Natives – ACT


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Forest Heart eco-Nursery – Maleny Queensland


Natives R Us – Traveston – Queensland 


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia




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