These are fair questions! While the Illawarra's native trees have received growing attention over the recent years, understorey plants are less well known and harder to buy in nurseries. I'll profile a few small understorey plants over the next few weeks.
One great little local plant is the Austral Bugle (Ajuga australis), a perennial herb in the same family as mint (Lamiaceae). Here it is!
|Austral Bugle growing in woodland in the West Dapto |
area. (Photo by Leon Fuller.)
|The pretty purple flowers appear in spring. (Photo by|
|Sometimes the flowers can be|
quite tall and spectacular.
(Photo by Michelle Oddy.)
|This specimen grew well then went through a dry patch without|
extra water. The older leaves reddened and died off, and
then new leaves sprouted from the base. (Photo by Carl Glaister.)