Habitat: Poor sandy or heathy soils up to the montane zone
Description: Australia’s ancient grass tree is a remarkable, long-lived plant, but one seldom seen outside its native habitat. A dense tuft of narrow, arching, grassy leaves 3 ft (1 m) long sprout from a trunk made up of a mass of old leaf bases held together by natural resin. It takes 30 years or more for the leaf tuft to rise above the trunk. Spears of small white or cream flowers, smelling of honey, appear after 10 to 15 years, but only erratically; often it will bloom after a bushfire.
Culture: Their natural habitat is an open scrub and dry heath environment. Culture in cool greenhouse.