Q& A WITH JULIE

Townsville Bulletin - Townsville Eye - - Garden -

Hi Julie. Can you please iden­tify this plant? I got it as a cut­ting more than five years ago from a pri­vate gar­den in Mission Beach, where it was cas­cad­ing out of a large pot. It has creep­ing stems, bromeliad-like roset­ted growth and slowly has spread through a gar­den bed even through this drought. It re­cently flow­ered so I was hop­ing you could iden­tify it. Thanks Jules, Aitken­vale.

This plant is a Cal­lista fra­grans. It is in the Com­meli­naceae fam­ily of plants, which in­cludes Trades­cantia (Wand­ing Jew). Com­monly called Bas­ket Plant or Fra­grant Inch Plant. Na­tive to Mex­ico, it is well suited to south­east Queens­land, where it is an en­vi­ron­men­tal weed, es­pe­cially the pur­ple form, for some rea­son. Not known as a weed in this re­gion, but care­ful place­ment if near bush­land is ad­vised. (Thanks again to John Roach for ID as­sis­tance!)

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