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'BALGA' GRASS TREE (Xanthorrhoea Preissii) Seeds

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Grass trees epitomize the Australian bush, they're beautiful, ancient, hardy, thrive in nutrient-poor soils and respond to wildfire by flowering profusely. The perfect way to grow a unique and attractive species of Australian native. These seeds will produce magnificent evergreen shrubs with an imposing, creative look. Plant in a sunny spot for the best growth.

Xanthorrhoea preissii, known as balga, is a widespread species of perennial monocot in Southwest Australia. The name 'balga' is derived from the Nyungar language. This species and other members of the genus Xanthorrhoea are informally termed blackboys or grasstrees.

It is found throughout coastal plains, near watercourses, and inland forest regions, in a range extending from Geraldton to Albany and in the Avon Wheatbelt. It occurs on a wide variety of soil types and is sometimes associated with laterite and granite.

Best in full sun. Water regularly while the plant is establishing, but don’t overwater. Will flower only every few years. Tolerates some frost, and dry periods. Best in warm temperate to Mediterranean climates.

This unusual and iconic plant has been a part of Aboriginal history, colonial artworks and a modern day inspiration to landscape architects.

Bush Food: The species had a high economic importance to the Noongar people, who named it balga, utilising the gum it contains, the spike for fish spears, and the bardi grub as a source of food.

Germination: Sow in warm areas anytime. In frost prone areas when danger of frost is over. Xanthorrhoea will sprout in regular potting soil. Place the seed and 1/8 inch to 1/4 inch below the surface and cover with a thin layer of sand. Water with a fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid drying out.