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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Wahlenbergia stricta 
1 synonym:     Wahlenbergia gracilis var. stricta 
Common Name:austral bluebell  , australian bluebell  , tall bluebell 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Bird Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:Flowers are edible and can be used in salads.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly!
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Well Drained
20-50 cm x 40 cm
Foliage:Pairs of hairy, oblong leaves 5-70 mm x 1-13 mm, margins wavy with small teeth. Leaves becoming narrow near flowers or stalk leafless in upper half.
Flowers:Bell-shaped flowers to 30mm wide on long stems. Calyx hairy. Light to deep blue, sometimes white, with a white throat. Flowering from September to February.

Perennial herb dying back to thick taproot in autumn. Few to many stems usually few branched. Nectar for butterflies.

A beautiful bluebell with well displayed flowers, excellent planted en masse or as drifts through small gardens, cottage gardens or under trees.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Australian Native Plants Society 
  3. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us) 
  4. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos) 
  5. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  6. iNaturalist 
  7. NatureMapr (Canberra) 
  8. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical) 

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