This iconic Australian plant occurs naturally from Queensland to north east NSW. Slow growing to around 5 metres tall, it has a tuft of long thin leaves, and in old specimens this grows atop a thick trunk. They love a well drained soil in full sun to lightly dappled shade. In heavier soil it is advisable to build up raised beds for better drainage. They flower from autumn to summer with dramatic tall spears of small white flowers which are nectar rich.
|Scientific Name:||Xanthorrhoea johnsonii|
|Common Name:||Grass Tree|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub|
|Height:||0.2 ~ 5 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 2 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Cream, Black|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Autumn, Winter|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam|
|Plant Environment:||Low maintenance garden, Container growing, Coastal garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Mediterranean|
|Light:||Sunny, Light shade, Half shade|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Dense foliage, Spreading, Column-shaped, Weeping|
|Soil Moisture:||Dry, Well-drained|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Feature plant, Wow factor|
|Special Uses:||Decorative fruit|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Bees, Butterflies, Other insects|
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WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT
Once you have found the plant that looks right for you, the next step is where to buy it.
Most nurseries stock a good range of plants, but due to space and supplies, they may not always have the plant that you are searching for in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you if you request it.
Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you have planned on, they can often suggest alternatives that will also work well for you.
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