Maria Island is smelling oh so sweet
During spring and summer, the Australian native plant Kunzea Ambigua, bears small white flowers which fill the Tasmanian air with a sweet honey scent.
Also known as ‘White Kunzea’, ‘Tick Bush’ or ‘Sweet-Scented Kunzea’ can be found in coastal areas of Tasmania and eastern Australia. Growing to a height of five metres, this native shrub not only smells sweet it also has a multitude of uses:
- It can be made into an antiseptic oil for cuts and abrasions;
- The leaves and flowers can be used in cooking. The unique plant can be used as a flavouring herb on meats/roasts, fried in butter, add to bread or our favourite, a native cocktail.
- Native animals are often found sleeping under Kunzea plants, where they seek relief from ticks and other parasites – hence its popular name of ‘Tick Bush’.
This image is of the White Kunzea at a magical spot called Haunted Bay on The Maria Island Walk.
Explore the island and enjoy this beautiful native plant on The Maria Island Walk.