Xanthorrhoea plants are also known as Balga Grass Plants.
‘Balga’ is the Aboriginal word for black boy and
for many years the plant was fondly known as a “Black Boy”.
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.
Others believe that the plant,
with its bush fire-blackened trunk and long flower spike
resembled an Aboriginal boy wielding a spear.
Whatever the case, as the years have passed,
it is seen as an extremely racist name,
and is thought to be very offensive
to the original custodians of the land,
so the plants are more commonly known as Grass Tree,
because let’s face it Xanthorrhoea is a bit of a mouthful.
When I think back and remember how hard
I found maths and not a single practical application,
especially not taXes.
Window boXes overflowing with red blooms
Soxie…our last farm pet to pass away