Plants in the wild


You’ll often here the phrase ‘a weed is just a plant that is where we don’t want it’. That may be true, but if we don’t understand the plants and their uses, how can we be sure that we don’t want them.

So many of our Australian weeds originally arrived here, by various means, from the Europe, where they have a long tradition of being used medicinally as herbs.

In addition to this, so many weeds are visual indicators of what is going on in the soil around them.

For the herbal use, please refer to our ‘Herbs in the Garden and Kitchen‘ page where you can find the remedial uses of some of our more common plants. Bushfoods & Bush Medicines covers a lot of the useful, local Native plants.

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 local experience.

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


African Boxthorn


Blackberry


Solanum nigrun

Blackberry Nightshade


Castor Oil Plant leaves

Castor Oil Plant


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Catsear


A patch of young Chickweed

Chickweed


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Common Peppercress


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Creeping Woodsorrel


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Dandelion


Clustered Dock (Rumex conglomeratus)

Dock


Fennel

Fennel


Fumaria officinalis

Fumitory


Goosefoot


Green Amaranth


Hoarhound


Mallow


Milk Thistle


Nasturtium flowers

Nasturtiums


Nettle seeds and leaves

Nettles


Petty spurge

Petty Spurge


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Pine


Plantain Flower

Plantain


Prickly Pear


Purslane

Purslane


St. John's Wort ( Hypericum perforatum )

St. John’s Wort


Shepherd’s Purse


Soursobs in flower

Soursobs


Sow Thistle

Sow Thistle


Nettle seeds and leaves

Stinging Nettles


Drosera macrantha

Sundews


Three Cornered Garlic


Wild Artichoke

Wild Artichoke


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Wild Lettuce


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Wild Oats


Wild Rose


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Wireweed


Many plants have uses we wouldn’t normally think of. We use quite a few that you may be interested in. You can find them on the following pages –

Herbs in the Garden and Kitchen

Other Useful Garden Plants

Bush Foods & Bush Medicines