Typha orientalis – Bullrush

This common species is found in eastern and northern Australia and in Asia. It grows in bodies of water and in boggy areas, and grows from rhizomes. It is considered a weed in some parts of Australia. Produces both male and female flowers, the latter being the familiar brown velvety area on the Cumbungi. The plant is traditionally an Aboriginal source of food, amongst other resources it provides. The rhizomes can be roasted, new shoots eaten fresh and young flower stems steamed. The seed heads can be added to flour for baking, and contain protein. The leaves are useful for weaving into baskets, hats and mats, and all parts of the plant can be used for thatching.

Scientific Name:Typha orientalis
Common Name:Bullrush
Other Common Names:Cumbungi
Plant Type:Clumping perennial, Aquatic
Height:2 ~ 4.5 metres
Width:1 metre
Flower Colour:Brown
Flowering Time:Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Spreading, Column-shaped
Soil Moisture:Moist moderate drainage, Boggy poorly drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Division
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Special Uses:Edible, Bog gardens, Fast growing



Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants