By: Judy Evans
The Dutchman’s pipe belongs to the plant genus Aristolochia, which has over 500 species. They are named for the quirky shape of the flowers which are for all the world like the old-fashioned Dutchman’s meerschaum pipe. The Aristolochia genus includes evergreen and deciduous...
By: Lea Miller
The lovely lavender flowers with the distinctive yellow spot may be attractive to look at, but water hyacinth is one of the most aggressive invasive plant species in the United States. The water hyacinth is native to South America, and was introduced to North America...
By: Lea Miller
Most people will probably recognize hemlock as the poison that Socrates was ordered to drink when he was found guilty of refusing to recognize the official gods of the time and of corrupting youth. Poison hemlock is a member of the parsley family and, although...
How to identify poisonous mushrooms
By: Unwirklich VinZant
A mushroom is actually the fruit produced by certain types of fungus. In the United States alone, there are roughly 5,000 species of mushroom of which at least 100 are poisonous and twelve are deadly. Even with such a small portion of mushrooms being...
A guide to tree bark
By: Jesse Vorton
Bark often acts as the outer sheath of many types of trees and shrubs. It continues to protect the roots, stems, and branches, from loss of water, disease, insects, and injury. Tissues in the bark transfer sugar from the trees leaves to other areas of...
By: Judy Evans
Australian native ferns are widely grown as garden or container plants. Some are suitable for indoor display, at least until they grow too large. There are about 400 species of fern native to Australia. In general they do best in shady, moist situations. However some...
By: Judy Evans
Australia has over 600 species of native orchids which can be separated into two major groups. Terrestrial orchids grow in the ground while epiphytic types are generally found growing on trees. A third group, the lithophytes, grow on rocks and have similar requirements to epiphytes...
By: Judy Evans
Alkaline soils are reasonably common in Australia, particularly in the arid zones. There is no easy method to lower the pH of highly alkaline soils. Luckily there are a number of Australian native plants that are either native to, or are tolerant of, calcareous or...
By: Judy Evans
Often, screening plants may be needed to hide an unwanted view or to give greater privacy. As well, there may be little room for planting bushy shrubs as screening plants. The following Australian natives, if given a framework on which to climb, will quickly create...
By: Judy Evans
Annuals have a life cycle which is completed within one year. Although there are not a great many Australian native annuals which are grown in cultivation, the range is increasing and with the water restrictions currently in place in almost every area in Australia, it...

 

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