'BALGA' GRASS TREE (Xanthorrhoea Preissii) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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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.
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. Sow 2 or 3 seeds flat on the soil in each pot, cover lightly with soil. Water gently and cover pots with clear polythene – remove when seeds start to germinate.