Nostalgia for the Coast

As a child I loved to walk along north west coast beaches and fossick amongst the rocks and dunes and so when I see the native, purple flowering pigface it reminds me of wide open spaces and breaking waves on rocky coast lines. Photos of the wild Tarkine coast often feature pigface in flower, reinforcing the idea of remoteness.

Beautiful pigface flowers

Beautiful pigface flowers

It was an important food source for Tasmania’s aboriginal people who used to eat the leaves cooked and also administer the juice on blisters. The fruit was a delicacy. So I had to have it in my urban garden for both its looks and its habitat value for skinks. This native pigface had really taken off and so it will be in for a serious prune but only after its beautiful purple flowers fade.

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