Plants of Tasmania Nursery

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Plant list by botanical name - A

Click on the species name to get further information about the plant. There are also links to images and distribution maps.

The prices shown are for plants in tubestock - 50 mm forestry tubes or 75 mm round pots. Larger sizes are available for many species.


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Species Name Common Name Description Price
Abrotanella forsteroides Tasmanian Cushionplant Endemic cushion-forming plant. Hard dark green leaves with tiny white flowers. Needs constant moisture in a well-drained site, or a pot. This is the only cushion plant that grows on Mt Wellington. Images Distribution Map.

Acaena novae-zelandiae Buzzy Vigorous spreading ground covers with seed heads that stick to your socks and dogs and drive you mad. A hardy ground-stabilizing plant. Species occur from coastal sand dunes to mountains. Images Distribution Map.

Acradenia frankliniae Whitey Wood A slow growing shrub, 3-5m, endemic to western Tasmania. Dense, pale green foliage - starry white flowers in late spring. Prefers a cool moist position or pot. Images Distribution Map.
Adiantum aethiopicum Common Maidenhair Vigorous suckering fern that quickly forms a large clump. Very easily grown in a moist position in filtered sunlight. Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina crassa Cape Pillar Sheoak A flamboyant and striking small tree, with arching branches in all directions. Endemic to south east Tasmania. Up to 6m x 5m wide, in an open canopy, but easily pruned. These plants are seed grown and could be male or female (see below). Images Distribution Map Further information.

Allocasuarina crassa Cape Pillar Sheoak - Female Cutting grown females of this flamboyant and striking small tree, with exquisite red flowers along the stems in spring.

Allocasuarina duncanii Duncan's Sheoak This recently described Casuarina is endemic to and uncommon in S.E. Tasmania. It has a pyramidal growth habit to 5 - 8m with the fine leaves held in upright tufts, similar in appearance to some pine trees. Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina littoralis Bulloak An erect, fine foliaged large shrub or small tree growing 4 - 6m. Drought hardy. Good for screening in narrow areas. In wider gardens the foliage forms a nice background for other shrubs. Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina monilifera Necklace Sheoak A fine foliaged shrub to 3m. Female plants display small red flowers in spring; males have russet-brown flowers. Very hardy in most situations, withstanding cold and dry. These plants are grown from seed, and could be male or female. Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina monilifera Spreading Necklace Sheoak A spreading form of this species to 0.5 m high by 2 m wide. Blue-green foliage.
Allocasuarina paludosa Scrub Sheoak A fine foliaged she-oak from N.E. Tasmania. Can vary from an upright shrub to 2m to a low spreading form. Suitable for most sites including damp areas. Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina verticillata Drooping Sheoak Hardy small tree to 5m for well drained, dry and coastal sites. A dense, olive green canopy crowning a dark-barked single trunk is characteristic of a mature tree Images Distribution Map.
Allocasuarina zephyrea Western Sheoak An upright shrub to 2-4 m endemic to the western half of Tasmania. Well-suited to most sites including moist but well-drained areas. Images Distribution Map.
Almaleea subumbellata Wiry Bushpea A slender shrub to 1 m with branches erect or ascending. Yellow and reddish pea flowers in late spring. Withstands moist to wet sites. Images Distribution Map.
Amperea xiphoclada Weavers' Plant An upright or arching plant with angular stems to 60cm. A fine accent plant in the garden. The stems can be used for basket weaving. Hardy. Images Distribution Map.

Amperea xiphoclada Spreading Weavers' Plant A spreading form, growing as a low dense mound to 30cm high by 1m wide. A hardy shrub with dense green foliage. This form is from exposed coastal areas on Tasman Peninsula.
Anopterus glandulosus Native Laurel Handsome, glossy leaved, endemic rainforest shrub, growing from 1.5 - 2.5m. Readily pruned. Clusters of white or pale pink bell flowers in spring attract honey-eaters. Magnificent in a moist, cool garden or as a feature pot plant. Images Distribution Map Further information. These plants are seed-grown.
Anopterus glandulosus Native Laurel - Southern White A form of the Native Laurel with snowy white buds and flowers. These plants are cutting-grown.
Anopterus glandulosus Native Laurel - Southern Pink This form of the Native Laurel features deep pink buds opening to sprays of pink and white flowers in spring. Slow growing plant to about 3 m. It prefers a cool, moist, well-composted site in shade or part sun. A handsome tub plant. These plants are cutting-grown.
Aotus ericoides Golden Pea A fine foliaged  shrub for well drained and coastal sites. Arching branches to 80cm, display yellow pea flowers in spring. Images Distribution Map.

Apium insulare Island Sea-celery Erect Flinders Isalnd shrub to 1 m with succulent pinnate leaves and white flowers in spring. Suited to coastal conditions. Closely related to garden celery, and deserves investigation as a food plant. Images Distribution Map.
Apium prostratum Creeping Sea-celery A variable spreading perennial coastal herb up to 50 cm high by 1.2 m wide. A common coastal plant found in a range of conditions. Useful for coastal plantings and rock gardens. Edible, parsley-like leaves make an interesting addition to salads. Images Distribution Map.
Apodasmia brownii Coarse Twine-rush A clump forming rush with erect, grey green stems to 50cm or more. Happy in coastal or moist sites, withstanding dry conditions once established. Quite striking as a pot plant. Images Distribution Map.
Archeria eriocarpa Hairy Rainforest Heath Very slow growing shrub to 1m, endemic to Tasmanian rainforests and mountains. Small pink bell flowers. Requires a moist, cool position or as a pot plant. Rarely available Images Distribution Map.
Argentipallium dealbatum White Everlasting A fast-growing paper daisy 60 cm, usually with white flowers in spring or summer. Attractive silvery foliage. Images Distribution Map.
Argentipallium spiceri Spicer's Everlasting Extremely rare endemic natural hybrid daisy from the just to the south of Hobart. One parent is Argentipallium dealbatum, the other is unknown. Bushy shrub to 1 m with clusters of small pink-white flowers in summer. Best in dry to moderate conditions. Prune well to maintain habit. Images Distribution Map Further information.
Aristotelia peduncularis Heart Berry A sprawling endemic Tasmanian shrub to 1m. White bell flowers in spring, on arching stems, are followed by white, pink, red, purple or black berries. Needs to be in a moist, cool spot. Images Distribution Map.
Arthropodium milleflorum Pale Vanilla Lily Small tufted plant with multiple spikes of delicate white flowers to 30 cm in spring or summer. Prefers a moist, well-drained position with partial sun. Makes a hardy and attractive container plant. Images Distribution Map.
Arthropodium minus Small Vanilla Lily An attractive, fine-leaved tufted plant with dainty purple flowers to 30 cm. Best suited to well-drained sites. Will tolerate full sun or partial shade. Frost hardy. Good for pots. Images Distribution Map.
Arthropodium strictum Chocolate Lily Attractive mauve flowers on stems to 40 cm in spring. Dies back in summer. Prefers well-drained conditions. Images Distribution Map.
Asplenium appendiculatum Narrow Spleenwort A common fern that grows in the wet understorey of Tasmanian forests. Dark green erect fronds to 40 cm long. Unlike the Hen and Chicken Fern does not produce bulbils. Images Distribution Map.
Asplenium bulbiferum Hen and Chicken Fern Bright, pale green foliage to 60 cm, darkening with age. Suitable for indoors. Produces new, small plants (bulbils) at the tips of the fronds. Images Distribution Map.
Astelia alpina Pineapple Grass A silvery foliaged alpine plant with arching leaves to 20cm, gradually forming a dense clump. Small flowers are followed by red berries on short stems in summer. Slow growing in a moist, cool site or pot. Images Distribution Map.
Asterotrichion discolor Native Hemp This fast growing, cold hardy plant is endemic to S.E. Tasmania. Plants can reach 5m x 2m, in 3-5 yrs. Large grey-green leaves and small, highly aromatic flowers in autumn or winter. Images Distribution Map.
Astroloma pinifolium Pine Heath A slow growing shrub to 50cm, with fine soft needle-like leaves. Yellow and green tubular flowers. Best in a sandy or light soil, or pot. Note that the other Tasmanian species, Astroloma humifusum (native cranberry), is near impossible to propagate. Images Distribution Map.
Atherosperma moschatum Sassafrass An erect growing rainforest tree with glossy, aromatic foliage and white, scented, bell flowers in late winter. Needs a moist, cool, well-composted soil to do well. Expect 5-8m. Quite fast. Images Distribution Map.
Athrotaxis cupressioides Tasmanian Pencil Pine A handsome, slow growing conifer, endemic to Tasmanian mountains, where trees can obtain great age. Excellent pot plants, or in a cool, moist garden site. Expect 2m x 60cm in 10 years. Images Distribution Map.
Athrotaxis x laxifolia Intermediate Pine A naturally occurring cross between the Pencil and King Billy Pines. The most vigorous of the three - expect up to 3.5m in ten years. Endemic to Tasmania. Great in a pot or in a cool moist spot. Images Distribution Map.
Athrotaxis selaginoides King Billy Pine Endemic conifer from Tasmanian rainforests, where it can achieve 40m. A handsome pot plant, or for a cool, moist position. Slow growing, expect up to 2.5m in 10yrs. Images Distribution Map.
Atriplex cinerea Coast Salt Bush A bushy shrub to 1.2m with silvery-grey, fire retardant foliage. Well drained, dry and coastal sites. Images Distribution Map.

Austrostipa mollis Soft Speargrass A robust, erect, tufted grass. Leaves to 30 cm and flowering spikes to 1.2 m. Dry and well-drained sites. Images Distribution Map.

Austrostipa stipoides Coastal Speargrass A hardy grass to 60 cm suited to most sites, including frontline coastal. Whitish flower spikes to 1 m in spring-summer. Images Distribution Map.

Azolla filiculoides Red Azolla Tiny floating fern, reddish in the sun, green in the shade.  Attractive in the pond, but can become a weed in waterways, so use with caution. If it grows too much, rake it off the surface of your pond and put it in the compost. Images Distribution Map. No charge


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