Macrozamia communis

 

The Burrawang is a widespread cycad on the mid east coast of Australia, and is a decorative,  easy care and very hardy plant. A good landscaping and garden specimen plant, and will also do well in a large container. It is reasonably fast growing if given good conditions, regular watering in dry spells and a good native fertilizer from time to time. It naturally grows under trees in the wild but can also be grown in sunny spots. Male and female plants are needed to produce seed. The seeds are poisonous in their raw state but can be eaten after extensive treatment of soaking in water for a week, changing the water every day, with the resulting pulp cooked over a fire. Be aware that foliage can be spiky and sharp, so don’t plant near walkways.

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Family:Zamiaceae
Scientific Name:Macrozamia communis
Common Name:Burrawang
Height:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Width:1.5 ~ 2 metres
Flower Colour:Green, Brown
Flowering Time:All year
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Erosion control, Fast growing

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may or may not have the wanted plant in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest alternative plants that will be just as good for you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Geelong Native Plants – Victoria

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

MAIL ORDER NURSERIES –

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.