Don't buy a weed!! - 05/12/2010 10:58pm

Don't buy a weed!!

Whenever we see a beautiful flower we seem to be drawn to the colour, the smell, the texture but sometimes these beautiful things are our enemy in disguise! One thing I quite often notice when I am at markets around Cairns or researching on the internet is that people are not aware that some gingers are classified as weeds in Queensland and carry heavy fines if you are found to have sold or traded stock or even have the plants on your property! Classic example of this is some of the Hedychium gingers (fragrant gingers). These plants have beautiful fragrant flowers and come in lovely colurs but the yellow fragrant ginger (Hedychium flavescens) particularly is classifed as a weed and carry fines of up to $80,000. The White fragrant ginger (Hedychium coronarium) and Kahili ginger (Hedychium gardnerianum) are also considered as weeds and carry fines of $20,000. If you have any of these plants in your garden and would like to know how to eradicate please visit the DPI website - they have information on how to deal with these problem plants.

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