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Local Native Plant Guide

The Land Development Agency (LDA) and Greening Australia have collaborated to create the Molonglo Valley Local Native Plant Guide to assist residents in selecting plants for their gardens.

Yarralumla Nursery

If you have purchased a block of residential land in the ACT you are entitled to an allocation of plants from the Yarralumla Nursery.

You can collect your plants up to two years after signing your lease. Your allocation includes trees and shrubs to the value of $220.

To find out more including what documents you’ll need to provide when you collect your plants visit Yarralumla Nursery or phone (02) 6207 2446.

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    LEGEND

    The plants in this guide were chosen based on their availability from local nurseries, their ability to survive in urban situations, their appearance, and what grows naturally in the ACT.

    The benefits of including local plant species in your landscaping are:

    • they’re easy to establish and maintain;
    • they’re tolerant of environmental conditions;
    • they help to maintain and restore the local environment;
    • they provide a habitat for native fauna; and
    • they help to prevent and reverse degradation of the land.

    Planting Tips

    • Tip prune to help the density of a plant
    • Remove dead fl ower spikes
    • Add slow release ‘native’ fertiliser each spring
    • Water during the establishment stage
    • Most plants in this guide require well drained soils
    • The ideal planting time in Canberra is Autumn to early Spring
    • Don’t plant shrubs or trees with a mature height of more than 1.8 metres which might overshadow northern glazed areas of your home or your neighbour’s

    Disclaimer: the Land Development Agency(LDA) does not guarantee, warrant or represent that the information contained in this material or publication is correct. Any interested parties should make their own enquiries as to the accuracy of the information. We exclude all inferred or implied terms, conditions and warranties arising out of this document and any liability for loss or damage arising there from.



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    Tall Sedge - Carex appressa

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    Plant Size

    Plant Characteristics

    Suited to all soil types, prefers damp sites and tolerates poor drainage, frost hardy.

    Wildlife

    Leaves: food source for caterpillars, native butterflies and moths.

    Photos: Doug Beckers (top), Greening Australia Capital Region (bottom)

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    Native Fuchsia - Correa reflexa*

    Native Fuchsia Weather Icons
    Plant Size

    Plant Characteristics

    Grows well under trees, frost hardy.

    *Green flower form from Murrumbidgee River andNamadgi National Park

    Wildlife

    Nectar: food source for honeyeaters.

    Seed: food for various native birds.

    Photos: Greening Australia Capital Region

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    Box-leaf Wattle - Acacia buxifolia

    Box-leaf Wattle Weather Icons
    Plant Size

    Plant Characteristics

    Tolerates most soils, frost hardy.

    Wildlife

    Seeds: eaten by Superb Parrots, rosellas and Common Bronzewing.

    Photos: Donald Hobern (top), Ivan Holliday (bottom)

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    Red Stem Wattle* - Acacia rubida

    Red Stem Wattle* Weather Icons
    Plant Size

    Plant Characteristics

    Tolerates most dry soils, frost hardy.

    *Please consider planting position and overall height of this tree in regards to solar access and not to overshadow your neighbour’s property.

    Wildlife

    Seeds: eaten by Superb Parrots, rosellas and Common Bronzewing.

    Leaves: food source for butterfly larvae including Common Imperial Blue.

    Flowers: pollen source for native moths, butterflies and other insects.

    Photo: Jenny Widdowson

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    Lightwood* - Acacia implexa

    Lightwood Weather Icons
    Plant Size

    Plant Characteristics

    Frost hardy once established, needs some protection when young.

    *Please consider planting position and overall height of this tree in regards to solar access and not to overshadow your neighbour’s property.

    Wildlife

    Seeds: food source for birds such as parrots.

    Flowers: food source for many insects.

    Photos: Tony Rodd (top), Greening Australia Capital Region (bottom)

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