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Bush Tucker Plants for your Home Garden


The use of Bush Tucker plants in home and school gardens are becoming more and more common. Bush Tucker plants are local native plants that were used by local Aboriginal people before European settlement of Australia. While we generally call them ‘Bush Tucker’ plants they quite often were used for more than just food. Many plants were used seasonally for medicine or as a resource to make something.

The local Noongar people of the South West of Western Australia have six seasons – Birak (December, January), Bunuru (February, March), Djeran (April, May), Makuru (June, July), Djilba (August, September) and Kambarang (October, November). The Noongar people spent the summer months along the coast and the winter months inland using plants that were in season along the way.

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Noongar Season Poster

Buy our A2 Noongar Seasons Poster online – $15 (includes $10 postage) click on the PayPal button below, or if you don’t want to pay postage – the posters are $5 and can be picked up from the SERCUL office at 1 Horley Road, Beckenham.





Bush Tucker Fact Sheets


Below are some fact sheets and a brochure about common (and not so common) Bush Tucker plants that can be grown in the Perth region. Most of the plants are local natives to Perth and/or the South West and were used by the Noongar people. Others are well known Australian Bush Tucker plants.

 Bush Tucker Plants for your home garden brochure
 Bush Tucker Plant Fact Sheets (document with all Fact Sheets from below)

Click here to find out where you can buy bush tucker plants

NOTE:

LocalNativeSymbol1 Local Native to the South West of Western Australia

poison1Please Note – Do not prepare bush tucker food without having been shown by Indigenous or experienced persons. Some bush tucker (ie. Zamia) if eaten in large quantities or not prepared correctly can cause illness.

Please click on each plant icon to download the Fact Sheet.

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Australian Bluebell - Billardiera heterophylla
Blueberry Lily
Blueberry Lily - Dianella revoluta
Bottlebrush
Bottlebrush - Callistemon sp.
Bull Banksia
Bull Banksia - Banksia grandis
Bulrush
Bulrush - Typha domingensis
Centella - Centella asiatica
Christmas Tree
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Pigface
Coastal Pigface - Carpobrotus virescens
Sword Sedge
Coastal Sword Sedge - Lepidosperma gladiatum
Desert Lime
Desert Lime - Citrus glauca
Emu Plum
Emu Plum - Podocarpus drouynianus
Grass Tree
Grass Tree - Xanthorrhoea preissii
Harsh Hakea
Harsh Hakea - Hakea prostrata
Lilly Pilly
Lilly Pilly - Syzygium australe
Macadamia
Macadamia - Macadamia integrifolia
Maroon Bush
Maroon Bush - Scaevola spinescens
Marri
Marri - Corymbia calophylla
Milkmaids
Milkmaids - Burchardia congesta
Old Man Saltbush
Old Man Saltbush - Atriplex nummularia
One-sided Bottlebrush
One-sided Bottlebrush - Calothamnus quadrifidus
Peppermint Tree
Peppermint Tree - Agonis flexuosa
Quandong
Quandong - Santalum acuminatum
Red-eyed Wattle
Red-eyed Wattle - Acacia cyclops
Scarlet Runner
Scarlet Runner - Kennedia prostrata
Stout Paperbark - Melaleuca preissiana
Twining Fringe Lily
Twining Fringe Lily - Thysanotus patersonii
Warrigal Greens
Warrigal Greens - Tetragonia tetragonoides
Woody Pear - Xylomelum occidentale
Zamia Palm
Zamia - Macrozamia riedlei

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