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Drylands Permaculture Nursery - Locally Grown
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Acacia denticulosa
Sandpaper Wattle
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Sandy Soils
Waterwise
Hardy wattle shrub from inland south eastern WA regions, distinctive for its rough 'sand paper' leaves. Open in form, and growing quickly to typically around 2 to 3 metres tall in ideal conditions. Prefers free draining soils including rocky granite soils, poor sands and heavier loams. Tolerant of drought conditions, winds and light frosts. Yellow flower spikes, from late spring to early summer.  
Acacia lasiocarpa
Dwarf Lime Sand Wattle
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Bush Tucker Plant
Coastal
Limestone Tolerant
Quick Growing
Sandy Soils
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Delightful low dense shrub with lime green pinnate foliage. Puts on a lovely display of bright yellow flowers during winter.

Native to the Southgate’s Dunes, Geraldton where  it grows on alkaline beach sands in exposed and windy areas. Great for low maintenance gardens.

Acacia leptospermoides
Robyn's Dwarf Sand Wattle
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Native Midwest
Sandy Soils
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Native to the Kalbarri National Park this small shrub leaps to life with masses of sunshine yellow pompom flowers during winter-spring. A carefree shrub, it is alkaline tolerant and perform well on the pale coastal and inland sands. Perfect addition to your water-wise garden with its early flowering blooms.
Alpinia zerumbet
Variegated Galangal
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Mainly used as an ornamental 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.
Ananas comosus
Pineapple
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In Geraldton, growing pineapples is fun and easy under shade. These plants will fruit this year and annually there after. Three tricks to good growth: 1. Water from the top, 2. Keep them moist and well fed; and 3. Grow them in acidic soil
Anigozanthos sp.
Yellow Kangaroo Paw
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Iconic Native
Native Midwest
Sandy Soils
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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.
Annona x atemoya
Custard Apple
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Cream Yellow
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Subtropical fruit tree which produces green bumpy fruit. The fruit size is approximately 150mm across. Fruit is eaten green once it reaches full size and begins to soften. The fruit have a flesh looking like crayfish flesh with a flavour of stewed apples and custard. Do not eat the seeds. A hybrid of the sugar apple and cherimoya, Custard Apples are partially deciduous in our climate. Increasing humidity by planting in a protected microclimate from winds, with good soil moisture and using hand pollination will dramatically increase fruit set and success in Geraldton.
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
Ornamental
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.
Calothamnus quadrifidus ssp. homalophyllus
Murchison Clawflower 'Wicherina'
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Heavy flowering form of Clawflower from Wicherina, east of Geraldton in the Midwest. A decorative dome shaped shrub for gardens that is also useful on farms as a windbreak and soil erosion control. Striking clusters of red claw flowers in winter to spring. Tolerates extended dry periods, water logging and light frost.
Chamelaucium x verticordia
Paddy's Pink
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Popular hybrid Verticordia and Geraldton Wax shrub that puts on a beautiful display of pink flowers in late winter - spring. Suitable as a feature plant or planted as low-medium sized screening plant. Low maintenance and hardy, it prefers a well drained soil and sunny position. Tolerates dry locations, and can be lightly pruned to keep compact.  
Corymbia citriodora
Lemon Scented Gum
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White
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Shade Tree
Windbreak
Majestic slender tree with smooth powdery white bark and highly aromatic lemon scented leaves which yield the essential oil citronella. Valued as a structural timber and for its flowers in honey production. Plant away from ponds as a chemical in their roots known to be detrimental to fish.
Dietes bicolor
Spanish Iris
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Native to Lord Howe Island, off the east coast of Australia. This flax has attractive spikes of yellow iris-like flowers with maroon spots.

They have a long flowering period over spring and summer, and are extensively used as low border hedges in coastal landscape projects around Geraldton.

Eremophila alternata x maculata
Eremophila 'Wildberry'
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Pink Red
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Bird Attracting
Ornamental
Small hardy shrub with beautiful display of vibrant pink and purple berry flowers. Contrasting leaves add to value as colorful addition to you native and waterwise gardens. Lightly prune to keep compact after flowering. Use as a hedge or as individual feature plants.
Eremophila biserrata
Prostrate Eremophila
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Yellow Green
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Low growing, drought tolerant groundcover from the Coolgardie region of Western Australia. Spreads to 3 metres wide. Prefers sunny to lightly shaded position in your garden with free draining soils. Yellow green tubular flowers with purple anthers in late spring to late summer will attract nectar feeding birds.
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Yilgarn Seeds - Open Pollinated Heirloom Seeds
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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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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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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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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
NT
SA
$6.00
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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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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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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 – Giant of Stuttgart
Phaseolus vulgaris
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, Autumn).

A vigorous stringless climbing bean with white seeds. Pods up to 26cm with fine flavoured high quality green bean.

This heavy yielding plant crops over a long period.

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
$6.00
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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 – 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 – Nick Kleijn’s
Vicia faba
WA
$6.00
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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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Sow Autumn - end of Winter.

Brilliant orange flowered medicinal plant. Petals harvested, dried can be made into an antiseptic salve.

Petals can be eaten and look stunning when drizzled with olive oil in a salad.

CAPE GOOSEBERRY – Peruvian Ground Cherry
Physalis peruviana
WA
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Sow Spring (In Geraldton, sow anytime). Hardy sprawling bush 1.5m wide & 1m tall. Sweet yellow berry fruit can be harvested when jacket wrapping is papery dry. Fruit can be eaten fresh or made into jam. If left to dry on the plant, fruit make delicious sultanas. Living for 3 years, plant can be trained as a vine and responds well to pruning.

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