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Bush Tucker Plants for your Home Garden


Noogar-Seasons-WheelThe 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.

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

Bush Tucker Plant Fact Sheets


Please click on each plant to download the Fact Sheet.

Australian Bluebell

Australian Bluebell
Billardiera heterophylla

Bloodroot

Bloodroot
Haemodorum spicatum

Blueberry Lily

Blueberry Lily
Dianella revoluta

Bottlebrush

Bottlebrush
Callistemon sp.

Bull Banksia

Bull Banksia
Banksia grandis

 Bulrush

Bulrush
Typha domingensis

 Christmas Tree

Christmas Tree
Nuytsia floribunda

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

 Pigface

Pigface
Carpobrotus virescens

 Quandong

Quandong
Santalum acuminatum

 Red-eyed Wattle

Red-eyed Wattle
Acacia cyclops

 Scarlet Runner

Scarlet Runner
Kennedia prostrata

 Sword Sedge

Sword Sedge
Lepidosperma gladiatum

 Twining Fringe Lily

Twining Fringe Lily
Thysanotus patersonii

 Warrigal Greens

Warrigal Greens
Tetragonia tetragonoides

 Zamia Palm

Zamia Palm
Macrozamia riedlei

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 Palm) if eaten in large quantities or not prepared correctly can cause illness.

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