Plant a local native

Visit the Plant me instead! page for native alternatives to exotics and pest plants (weeds)

The Plant Me Instead! are local plants  of similar size and flower colour to the non natives or exotics, so your garden or bush aesthetic can be maintained with natives. These enhance our ecosystem to the benefit of a wide range of its animals and insects. Sometimes of course, there is no native plant which resembles the exotic, but there are so many beautiful and interesting locals from which to choose. Browse through our pages or the images at JCU Cairns Campus Wild Plants List for a starting point.

KCons Nursery has many of these in stock or is sourcing seeds to sow. If we don’t have the ones you are looking for, we will help you find them. To help us help you and the rainforest, please collect seeds of these plants when at all possible. KCons will sow them and give you plants when they are ready.

Many exotic or non-locals are now classified as weeds which can and already are creating havoc in our rainforests to the detriment of its flora and fauna.  Internet searches will  provide histories and information about weeds in the tropics e.g.  MiconiaYou can also  visit our  Weed out Weeds page for more information.

And please contact KCons Community Nursery for more information about native alternatives to exotic species.


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Alyxia oblongifolia, Prickly Lixy, hedge plant with scented flowers and colourful seeds


Featured image top right: Melicope elleryana, Pink or Little Evodia. Photo Graham Bell

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6 Responses to “Plant a local native”

  1. zalanMarch 31, 2014 at 12:23 pm #

    The JCU link does not go as you suggest, Thanks

    • Kuranda ConservationApril 2, 2014 at 8:52 am #

      Thanks Zalan, we will fix!

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    • Kuranda ConservationApril 22, 2014 at 2:56 pm #

      Dear Janet, Many thanks for your kind comments, it is so nice to hear them. I am not sure where you are of course, but do hope that you have been able to see a cassowary! Kin
      d regards, Margaret

  3. tonydecarleMarch 31, 2016 at 2:22 pm #

    how can I get a range of cassowary food seedlings. Will pick up

    • Jax BergersenFebruary 22, 2017 at 5:17 pm #

      Hi Tony
      Cassowary food plants is our specialty. Please call me on 4093 8834 or email me on

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