I wrote about Settler's Flax (Gymnostachys anceps) a few weeks ago, as one of many shade-tolerant plants that grow well in Illawarra gardens. It's such an attractive and versatile species, and so underused, that I thought I'd give it a post of its own.
Settler's Flax is a fantastic local native plant! It's one of very few local natives that are tall and strap-leaved, decorative and structural. It's the closest local equivalent to those tough succulent or palm-like plants that are so popular in low-maintenance gardens, such as Dracaenas or Yuccas. But it's all ours...and deserves to be used far more widely!
|Here's Settler's Flax growing naturally at the Mount|
Keira Scout Camp, among rocks and ferns. The strappy
leaves are very distinctive.
|The long strappy leaves contrast well here with |
the carpet of fallen leaves and the foliage of
the nearby ferns. (Photo: Kath Gadd)
|Another shot showing the plant's|
(Photo: Kath Gadd)
The one challenge is finding Settler's Flax in local nurseries. It is gradually becoming more widely available, but you might need to call around to locate it. With Wollongong Botanic Garden's GreenPlan sale on today (Friday), you might be able to pick up a few plants there! You've got until 2.30 this afternoon...
|The striking blue fruit are a great feature of Settlers'|
Flax, and also attract birds. (Photo: Peter Richardson)