Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

While we live in Gawler, most of our knowledge and experience with bushfoods comes from our Ngarrindjeri friends way down south on the Coorong.

For that, I’m indebted to Uncles Neville Gollan, George and Tom Trevorrow who shared their knowledge freely on many a walk and chat around the campfire. Sadly, they’re all deceased now.

To their knowledge, I can add to information that I’ve followed up on, academically, by looking at both old writings from explorers, priests, anthropologists and their ilk. I’m sad to say that very little has been passed to us from the local Kaurna mob.

We’re always learning about our botanic community, taking new pics and meeting folks who know a lot more than we do, so keep checking your favourite plants on these pages. There’s always more to come!

Flowering times are approximate. Plants don’t take a lot of notice of calendars and the changes in our climate are mixing things up a bit. The times we’ve given are from our own experience.

You can learn more about useful wild plants on these pages –

Edible Weeds     Wild Herbs    I didn’t know you could use that!

DIanella revolutaBlack Anther Flax Lily

Myoporum insulare


Tetragonia implexicomaBower Spinach (Sea Spinach)

Exocarpus syrticola

Coast Ballart

Leucopogon parviflorusCoastal Bearded Heath

Wurmbea dioicaEarly Nancy

Salicornia spGlassworts

Pittiosporum phylliraeoidesGumbi Gumbi

Mesembryanthemum crystallinumIce Plants

Kunzea pomiferaMuntries

Burchardia umbellataMilkmaids

Marsilea drummondiiNardoo

Acrotriche depressaNative Currant

Clematis microphyllaOld Man’s Beard

Carprobrotus rossiiPigface

Disphyma crassifoliumRound-leaved Pigface

Rhagodia parabolicaSaltbushes

Nitraria billardieri

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush)

Cakile spSea Rocket

Cassytha pubescensSnottygobble

Dodonaea viscosaSticky Hop Bush

Billardiera cymosaSweet Appleberry

Acacia gum

Tree Gums