Bushfoods & Bush Medicine

While we live in Gawler, most of our knowledge and experience with bushfoods comes from our Ngarrindjeri friends way down south on the Coorong.

For that, I’m indebted to Uncles Neville Gollan, George and Tom Trevorrow who shared their knowledge freely on many a walk and chat around the campfire. Sadly, they’re all deceased now.

To their knowledge, I can add to information that I’ve followed up on, academically, by looking at both old writings from explorers, priests, anthropologists and their ilk. I’m sad to say that very little has been passed to us from the local Kaurna mob.

We’re always learning about our botanic community, taking new pics and meeting folks who know a lot more than we do, so keep checking your favourite plants on these pages. There’s always more to come!

Flowering times are approximate. Plants don’t take a lot of notice of calendars and the changes in our climate are mixing things up a bit. The times we’ve given are from our own experience.

You can learn more about useful wild plants on these pages –

Edible Weeds     Wild Herbs    I didn’t know you could use that!

dianella-revoluta1Black Anther Flax Lily


davBower Spinach (Sea Spinach)

Thick, fleshy leavesCoastal ballart

Coastal Bearded Heath

Early Nancy


school assembly 052Gumbi Gumbi

DSC00040Ice Plants

Muntries (Kunzeo pomifera)Muntries



Native Currant

Old Man’s Beard


img_20171224_201851-01802012996.jpegRound-leaved Pigface

Rhagodia parabolicaSaltbushes

davSalty Grapes (Nitre Bush)

Pink/Purple Cruciferaea flowersSea Rocket

Cassytha pubescens, or 'snottygobble'.Snottygobble

The flowers of Dodonaea viscosaSticky Hop Bush

Sweet Appleberry

Acacia gumWattle Trees