The Morning Bulletin’s gardening expert Neil Fisher
The Morning Bulletin’s gardening expert Neil Fisher

Kids to choose new floral emblem

PUPILS will be asked to pick the region’s new floral emblem.

And these are the flowers short-listed by Rockhampton Regional Council to foster civic pride.

Councillors yesterday dodged the responsibility by voting to ask primary and high school pupils to make the choice. A report favours the unique and rare Stackhousia tryonii because it is the only one to tick all the boxes in the short list selection criteria.

The plant is on the endangered list because of the limited pristine habitat where it can flourish. It is found from north of Marlborough through Canoona, passing through Cawarall and stretching to the mouth of the Fitzroy River.

And the depth of its blue flower is influenced by the level of nickel in the soil.

Gardening authority Neil Fisher says the Stackhousia deserves to be recognised because of its beauty and unique property of being able to draw nickel and other heavy metals from the soil.

“There’s only one problem,” he said.

“If it becomes our floral emblem, local gardeners will demand it, but it is a very difficult plant to propagate and nurseries won’t be able to satisfy that demand.”

It was the emblem of the previous Livingstone Shire.



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