Other useful plants

Many common garden plants and mainstays can do double, even triple, duty as food and medicine when they’re not looking beautiful in the garden. Some plants make for great compost, others are enjoyed by livestock as fodder crops. Permaculture or garden systems thinking loves plants that are multi-functional and all of these sure fit the bill! This is also the page that links to plants that I have difficulty assigning to any of our other plant pages. These are usually plants with multiple uses that don’t fit the usual categories of ‘garden’ or ‘wild’ plants.

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 you may be surprised at a use that you can put your favourite plant to. There’s always more to come!

Azolla (Azolla filiculoides)


(Azolla filiculoides)

Baby Sun Rose (Aptenia cordifolia)

Baby Sun Rose

(Aptenia cordifolia)

Banana (Musa species)


(Musa species)

Day Lily (Hemerocallis species)

Day lily

(Hemerocallis species)

Lab Lab Beans (Lablab purpureus)

Lab Lab Beans

(Lablab purpureus)

Madeira Vine (Anredera cordifolia)

Madeira Vine

(Anredera cordifolia)

Money Tree (Portulacaria afra)

Money Tree

(Portulacaria afra)

Spider Plants (Chlorophytum comosum)

Spider Plants

(Chlorophytum comosum)

Tagasaste (Cytisus proliferus)


(Cytisus proliferus)

Warrigal Greens (Tetragonia tetragonioides)

Warrigal Greens (NZ Spinach)

(Tetragonia tetragonioides)

Yucca (Yucca filamentosa)


(Yucca filamentosa)

You can learn about more plants that we use on these pages –

Wild foods and medicines

Herbs in the garden

Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

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