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Drylands Permaculture Nursery - Locally Grown
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Mature Size is a guide only and are an average for our midwest semi arid climate. Site conditions and care will influence mature size and health.
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Alpinia zerumbet
Variegated Galangal
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Mainly used as an ornmental protected potted or patio plant in our hotter, drier climate here in Geraldton. Also known as 'Shell Ginger' due to the shape of its pink flowers, its leaves are traditionally used in China and Japan to make a tea and for flavouring in cooking. Can grow to 2m tall under ideal conditions. For best growth keep moist and fertilise regularly. Easily to grow by division.
Anigozanthos sp.
Yellow Kangaroo Paw
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Iconic Native
Native Midwest
Sandy Soils
Waterwise
Iconic perennial native plants produces masses of  attractive golden yellow flowers in spring to summer on long stems which attracts birds and makes a wonderful border plant. Local to our Geraldton region, and adaptable to a wide range of free draining soils and conditions. Cut back flower stalk after flowering and leaves to rejuvenate.
Araucaria heterophylla
Norfolk Island Pine
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Distinctive large conifer tree, commonly planted in coastal areas as a shade and windbreak tree due to its tolerance of strong, and salt laden winds. Tolerant of poor soils. In our midwest can typically grow from 12 to 20 m tall, so needs be given plenty of room to grow and most suitable for larger open areas. Kept in a pot it would make an excellent Christmas tree.
Brachychiton acuminatus
Rock Kurrajong
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Bush Tucker Plant
Iconic Native
Native Midwest
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Species of Kurrajong found in the rocky hills and range lands of the Pilbara region, Western Australia. Displays the distinctive round canopy shape and typical brilliant lime green foliage display during summer for which Kurrajongs are renowned for. Has a deciduous nature of dropping leaves in colder weather. Suited to heavier loam and rocky soils, but has also performed well in the neutral sands around Geraldton.
Eremophila maculata subsp brevifolia
Thunderlarra Station Native Fuschia
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Native Midwest
Waterwise
Beautiful pink-red flowering Native Fushcia  from Thunderlarra Station in the Yalgoo region. Extremely drought and heat tolerant and loves red & stony soils found in our in land mid west region. Growing to around 1 metre tall it puts on a prolific flowering display from winter-spring.  Can be lightly pruned after flowering to keep compact.
Hakea lorea
Corkwood
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Bird Attracting
Bush Medicine Plant
Iconic Native
Native Midwest
Saline Tolerant
Screening
Waterwise
Windbreak
Distinctive shrub with rough cork wood and long narrow leaves.Yellow bird attracting flowers in winter to early spring. Naturally growing on red sandy, rock and clayey soils in arid desert inland and northern Australia. Grows as a multi stemmed shrub on average 4 to 6 metres tall, but occasionally in tree form to 10m under ideal conditions.
Hylocereus oncampensis
Flamefruit Cactus
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Highly productive, climbing cacti producing red coloured dragonfruit. 

Needs a substantial structure to climb up. Needs cutting back to keep manageable and adequate fertility to give most yields. 

Self pollinating. Amazing night blooming flowers that decline over a short period.

Olearia sp.
Dwarf Coastal Olearia
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Cream White
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Limestone Tolerant
Waterwise

Silver grey coloured groundcover with unique tight leaf form. Can be used to cascade down terraces or as a living mulch for waterwise gardens.

Limestone tolerant plant suitable for inland and coastal areas.

Something unique for your garden or plant pots.

Pandanus amaryllifolius
Pandan
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Herbs
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Herbacious shrub from the tropics with distince woody aerial roots, used extensively for its fragrant leaves in Asian cuisine as flavouring and colouring. In our arid Midwest climate it needs to be grown in a shadehouse with good moisture and humidity to do well. Can be easily grown in a large pot with fertile well drained soil.
Passiflora edulis
Panama Gold
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White Purple
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Nongrafted variety of passionfruit, that is a vigorous grower and prolific producer. Best grown over trellis or along fences, with good moisture and fertile soil to be most productive.  
Sclerocarya caffra
Marula
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White Pink
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Shade Tree
A beautiful deciduous shade tree with a huge water holding root to get it through the dry months. Its fruit is used to produce ‘Amarula’ cream liqueur and its mildly tart tasting fruits are high in Vitamin C. To obtain fruit both sexes are needed. Female flowers bear the fruit. Male flowers producing the pollen display on longer sprigs on branches. Where stock is mature and has flowered, or we have done grafts we note their sex. Otherwise sex of plant stock is unknown. This strain of Marula has been sourced from South Africa and selected for it’s large flesh to seed ratio. A rare fruit tree here in Australia.
Vanilla planifolia
Vanilla Bean Orchid
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Climbing vine from Mexico and Central America with large green-yellow orchid flowers and highly valued vanilla flavouring obtained from its mature, fermented pods. Pods produced after two years growth. Self-fertile but short lived flowers will need hand pollination to develop into pods. Does best in warm-humid location with part shade, and moist free draining soil. Requires a climbing structure as can grow to over 3 metres.
Vetiveria zizanioides
Vetiver Grass
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Vetiver is a fast growing grass, non-invasive and non-competitive. It makes a wonderfully fast growing hedge around vegetable gardens or fruit trees in orchards. Vetiver clumps can be divided once established. Prefers full sun aspect. This grass is summer active and if constantly cut can grow up to 600 mm a fortnight. Leaves also make excellent garden mulch.
Vitis sp.
Grape - Italia Muscat
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Italia Muscat is one of the most popular varieties of table grapes in the world due to its appearance and flavour. They have a large, consistent fruit with a lovely golden-yellow color, and a delicate musky flavor. In Geraldton and midwest it fruits around Xmas. Prune annually when deciduous.
Yilgarn Seeds - Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds
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Sowing Season
Sowing Season is based on our semi-arid climate here in Geraldton, Western Australia and should used as a guide only to suit your own local conditions.
Our winters are typically mild with most of our rainfall and no frosts. Our Spring season is warm and drier. Summers are typically hot & dry with temperatures over 40 degrees C with blustery strong hot easterlies, and strong cooling sea breezes.
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ASIAN GREENS – Bok Choi
Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
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SA
$6.00
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Sow Spring to Autumn. Grown for the broad white leafstalks which are widely used in Chinese stir-fries. Leafstalks should be picked often, like silverbeet. Small compact plant, very easy and quick to grow. Matures after 60 days and has excellent resistance to bolting.
ASIAN GREENS – Pak Choi ‘Kwang Moon’
Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
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Sow Spring to Autumn. A crispy, white stemmed variety of Pak Choi. Harvest leaves as required and eat raw or lightly stir fry. Matures after 45 days.
ASIAN GREENS – Pechay
Brassica rapa subsp. chinensis
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SA
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Sow Spring to Autumn.

A Filipino variety of Bok Choi, that is quick and easy to grow. Grown for the broad white leafstalks and loose leaves, and used in stir fries.

Matures after 60 days and has excellent resistance to bolting.

ASPARAGUS – Brocks
Asparagus officinalis
WA
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SA
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Sow Winter-Spring (In Geraldton and other warm climates sow Autumn-Spring). High yielding asparagus, originally sourced from an heirloom seed saver in Alice Springs. Suited to drier semi-arid climates, it produces large green spears and demonstrating strong, reliable seed germination. Leave to grow for two to three years before harvesting shoots when they are 15cm to 20cm long. Once harvesting cut shoots back to ground level. Check everyday during spring-summer harvest time as they can grow quickly. Left unharvested the spears will form fern-like foliage. Cut ferns backs unless you wish to collect your own seed from the mature red seeds.
BARLEY – Popping
Hordeum vulgare
WA
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SA
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Sow Autumn.

A two-row type barley often used as 'mash' for home brew beer.

It can also be popped like popcorn and eaten. Grows up to 1m tall producing disease resistant 100mm heads.

BASIL – Colin & Ursula’s
Ocimum basilicum
WA
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SA
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Sow Spring. A sweet green leaved bush basil that grows all year round in Geraldton. Colin and Ursula donated this variety to our Drylands Seed Savers Group five years ago and it has been our most reliable winter variety of basil since. Grows to half a metre tall, simply pick leaves for your favourite basil recipes.  
BASIL – East Indian Clove
Ocimum gratissimum
WA
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SA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, Autumn to Spring).

Drought and wind tolerant, this 1.5m tall perennial plant's leaves are used as a clove substitute. It is particularly good in Indian curries.

Extremely useful in gardens, its strong aroma confuses insects and they have trouble finding plants to eat.

BASIL – Sweet Giant-leaved
Ocimum basilicum
WA
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SA
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Sow Spring.

Always sow after the shortest day to prolong flowering and encourage leafy growth. Never has picking basil leaves to make pesto been quicker.

This hardy variety has slightly wavy green leaves several times larger than common sweet basil. Constant tipping of flowers from plants will promote more leaves. This annual is well-suited for growing in balcony pots.

BEAN – Franco’s Green
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, sow Autumn).

A white seeded variety of green bean whose pods are best eaten when young.

A vigorous climber with yellow flowers and a good seed set. Pods to 200mm long.

BEAN – Half White Runner
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, Autumn-Spring). 60 Days to maturity. Grows to 1.5m. Beans can be used when young and green as snap beans or shell beans when older. Vigorous productive variety with white seeds. Has potential to be a good market gardening variety.

BEAN – Hawkesbury Wonder
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Plant Spring (In Geraldton, plant Autumn) This is a bush bean which produces screeds of green flat beans up to 18cm in length. Tremendously successful in Geraldton through the winter growing period as it is cold tolerant. This variety has lilac flowers and seeds are red. Known to be resistant to fusarium wilt and bacterial diseases.
BEAN – Tropical Lima
Phaseolus lunatus
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, Autumn to Spring).

This perennial bean vine lasts approx. 4 years. It is a strong climber & needs a strong large trellis. A prolific producer, it has burgundy & white mottled beans which can be used dried or sprouted (in stir-fries).

Once established it is quite tolerant to heavy wind and heat under 42ºC.

BEAN – WA Runner
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Sow Early Spring (In Geraldton - Sow Autumn) Climbing green bean, also known as 'Westralia' bred in the 1950s in Western Australia for its productivity and rust resistance. Grow on fence or trellis to 2 metres tall.
BEAN – Zebra
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Sow early Spring (In Geraldton, Autumn or Spring).

Also known as 'Scotia' bean, a stringless 'pencil-pod' climbing bean with thin speckled purple pods around 12cm long and 'zebra' stripe patterns on seeds.

Pick once pod reaches full size and best eaten as a green bean lightly steamed.

BITTER MELON
Momordica charantia
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton - sow Autumn) Vigorous self-seeding climbing annual vine producing bright yellow bumpy fruit. Used extensively in Indian and Asian cookery. Unripe green fruit are eaten boiled, fries, stuffed, stewed or picked. To prepare fruit cut in half length ways, scoop out seeds (purgative) and fibre, and parboil or soak in salt to reduce bitterness. Young shoots and leaves can be eaten as a vegetable.
BROAD BEAN – Lens’ Longpod
Vicia faba
WA
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Sow mid Winter to Spring.

Large 220mm long, green longpod variety saved since 1993 by Len from Jurien Bay, Western Australia.

Up to seven 30mm flat seeds per pod. Young beans can be steamed and eaten whole.

Pruning plants before they flower promotes a bushy habit reducing their overall height and the need for staking.

BROAD BEAN – Nick Kleijn’s
Vicia faba
WA
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Sow early Winter to Spring (In Geraldton, May to June) A light brown seeded heirloom variety from Holland which has been acclimatised and grown in Perth for the last 50 years by Nick Kleijn. The beans can be picked when mature and steamed or left to dry on the plant, harvested and processed as dried beans. The young pods can also be harvested, steamed and eaten whole as green beans. Plant seeds 500mm to 800mm apart.
BROAD BEAN – Peruvian Emerald
Vicia faba
WA
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Sow mid Winter to Spring. A green seeded broad bean with 3 to 4 seeds per pod. It sets seed even in warmer winter areas. Good disease resistance and prolific bearer. Whole pods can be eaten immature as steamed greens or when more mature, shelled beans (still soft) as steamed beans. Dry beans can be soaked and cooked in bean salads, or substituted for kidney or borlotti beans in Italian and Mexican dishes.
BROCCOLI – Verdante
Brassica oleracea
WA
$6.00
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Sow early Autumn.

The flowering buds and stems of this plant are harvested and eaten fresh or stemmed. In warmer climates this plant lasts for several years. This variety produces one large head then on-goingly produces multiple small flowering heads. Sowing early autumn in the midwest will allow the large heads to mature before the winter cycle of aphids.

CALENDULA – Orange flowered
Calendula officinalis
WA
NT
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