Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
|Botanical Name:||Pterostylis curta|
|Common Name:||blunt greenhood|
|Sold As:||Tube ($2.00)|
|Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Popular (home)|
|30 cm tall|
|Foliage:||Ground-hugging rosette of 2-6 stalked dark green oblong leaves 1.5-10 cm x 8-30 mm, around the base of the stem, margins wavy or flat. 2-3 small stem-clasping leaves.|
|Flowers:||Translucent white with fine green stripes, July-October. Single flower to 35 mm. Hood mostly upright, top shortly curved, tip tinged green-brown, pointed. Lateral sepals erect, loosely embracing hood, broad V-shaped gap, points to 10 mm, recurved. Lip brown, twisted.|
Perennial herb rising from round tubers to form large colonies. Central sepal and petals united into a galea (hood) over the column and labellum (lip). Lateral sepals joined at the base, ending in fine points.
It is easily grown in pots containing a free-draining, sandy mix. The plants require regular watering during their growing period, to be kept dry during dormancy and to be repotted annually.