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Common thornapple (Datura stramonium)

Common thornapple (Datura stramonium) A robust annual herb up to 1.2m tall, but often much smaller. A weed of roadsides, waste places, disturbed areas and cultivation. The trumpet shaped flowers are white to pale lavender, 6-8.5cm long with 5 lobes ending in a fine point. Flowers are sweetly perfumed. Alternate [...]

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale)

Comfrey (Symphytum officinale) A coarse, vigorous, clumping, tuberous perennial herb covered with stiff hairs growing to 90cm tall and up to 50cm wide. Cultivated for culinary or medicinal use. Flowers are mauve, purple or creamy yellow, bell-shaped and in clusters along one side of the flower stem, often drooping [...]

Blackberry nightshade (Solanum nigrum)

Blackberry nightshade (Solanum nigrum) An annual or perennial soft wooded herb to about 60cm often found growing as a weed in gardens or waste areas. The flowers are small, star-shaped, white, clustered together in groups of 4 to 8, measuring 0.8 to 1.2cm in diameter. The leaves are alternate, with [...]

Chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens)

Chilli pepper (Capsicum frutescens) This plant is a perennial herb or shrub to 2m tall, often cultivated for culinary use or as an ornamental. The flowers are white with a purple tinge, and grouped in the forks of leaves. The flower stalks are 1-1.5cm long. The leaves are alternate, elliptic with [...]

Asparagus fern

Asparagus fern A perennial vine or herb arising from a rhizome or tuber and grown as an indoor or outdoor ornamental plant. The vine form is often used for cut foliage. Some species are environmental weeds. Flowers are pinkish-white to white, range in length from 2.5mm to 4mm, can be solitary [...]

Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica)

Arum lily (Zantedeschia aethiopica) Cultivated as an ornamental, this herb can grow up to 1m tall. Sometimes used in floral arrangements. Flowers consist of a white to creamy-white spathe, and a central golden yellow spike that is shorter than the spathe. The spathe is about 12–25cm long and tapers to a fine [...]

Angel’s wings (Caladium)

Angel’s wings (Caladium) The central spike is packed with tiny florets. The large, heart-shaped leaves are showy with prominent veins, and are often variegated with red, pink, white or green. The fruit are small, white berries clustered along the spike. Toxicity category: 2, 3 Warning: Seek urgent medical attention [...]

Last updated: 20 July 2017
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