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. What I do know about the local plants from a Kaurna perspective has been shared with me by Aunties Cherie Watkins and Veronica Brodie. Another great source of knowledge and inspiration has been our friend and ecologist extraordinaire Joan Gibbs, who taught me how to see the bush more clearly.

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.

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 –

Plants in the Wild

Other Useful Garden Plants


DIanella revolutaBlack Anther Flax Lily


Myoporum insulare

Boobiala


Tetragonia implexicomaBower Spinach (Sea Spinach)


Exocarpus syrticola

Coast Ballart


Leucopogon parviflorusCoastal Bearded Heath


Male Coast Saltbush flowers

Coast Saltbush


Cut Leaf and Round Leaf Mints (coming soon)


Wurmbea dioicaEarly Nancy


Salicornia spGlassworts


Pittiosporum phylliraeoidesGumbi Gumbi


Mesembryanthemum crystallinumIce Plants


Rhagodia parabolica

Mealy Saltbush


Burchardia umbellataMilkmaids


Kunzea pomiferaMuntries


Marsilea drummondiiNardoo


Native Cherry


Acrotriche depressaNative Currant


Clematis microphyllaOld Man’s Beard


Carprobrotus rossiiPigface


Disphyma crassifoliumRound-leaved Pigface


Ruby Saltbush


Nitraria billardieri

Salty Grapes (Nitre Bush)


Seaberry Saltbush

Seaberry Saltbush


Cakile spSea Rocket


Cassytha pubescensSnottygobble


Dodonaea viscosaSticky Hop Bush


Billardiera cymosaSweet Appleberry


Acacia gum

Tree Gums



Yakka (Grass Tree) (coming soon)