Edible weeds

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 and behavioural indicators of what is going on in the soil around them.

For the herbal use, please refer to our ‘Healing herbs‘ page where you can find the remedial uses of some of our more common ‘weeds’.

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 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!

digAfrican Boxthorn

Solanum nigrunBlackberry Nightshade


A patch of young ChickweedChickweed


Common Peppercress

Clustered Dock (Rumex conglomeratus)




Green Amaranth




Prickly Pear


Soursobs in flowerSoursobs

Nettle seeds and leavesStinging Nettles

Three Cornered Garlic

Many herbs are found in the wild. They have medicinal qualities besides being good to eat. See here for our favourites.