51cm to 60cm previously known as the black boy tree this is an unusual and long lived evergreen tree which has a short rough trunk and a stiff narrow arching green leaves that are roughly between 60 to 90cm long. Grass tree black boy xanthorrhoea trunk size.
During spring the grass tree may develop a tall and central spike with small white flowers.
Black boy plant care. The grass tree makes for. Balga is the aboriginal word for black boy and for many years the plant was fondly known as a black boy. When planting into the ground leave the plant in its pot and cut the base from the pot keeping its walls intact.
Glauca encompasses a large portion of the south east coast extending inland. The species xanthorrhoea australis is commonly called the the austral grass tree common or southern grass tree and it is probably the most widely found of all of the grass trees. Xanthorrhoea glauca is a plant that has a special place in the heart of many australians.
This unusual and iconic plant has been a part of aboriginal history colonial artworks and a modern day inspiration to landscape architects. Xanthorrhoea plants are also known as balga grass plants. The natural distribution of x.
Active roots are black and fleshy and can be easily damaged. It will withstand drought. This species thrives in well drained aerated soils that have a low nutrient content making it an easy plant to include in any garden.
With the common nickname of black boy plant this is derived from the black trunks usually as a result of fires sometimes lit to clear land and other time bushfires. It is thought that the aborigines called the plants balga because after a bush fire had ravaged the land the blackened trunk of the xanthorrhoea would be revealed beneath the burned lower leaves and would resemble a child like black figure. The grass tree xanthorrhoea is a uniquely australian plant which epitomises the australian landscape and is as tough as goats knees.
It will withstand drought. Place the plant in the hole burying it no deeper than the existing soil level then cut the rim off the top of the pot.