Cessnock Library holds native plant giveaway on July 11 for NAIDOC Week

Carpobrotus Glaucescens (Pig Face Daisy).
Carpobrotus Glaucescens (Pig Face Daisy).

Cessnock City Library will hold a native plant giveaway on Wednesday, July 11 as part of NAIDOC Week celebrations.

Members can present their library card to receive one free native plant per household.

The NAIDOC Week native plant giveaway was extremely popular last year.

This year's plants are the shrub-sized heath banksia (banksia ericifolia) and carpobrotus glaucescens (pig-face daisy), both of which were as traditional bush tucker plants.

Banksia flowers were soaked in water to produce a sweet, high-energy drink and the fruit of the pig-face daisy has a flavour described by some as like salty strawberry and the juice from the leaves was used to soothe stings or burns.

Cessnock mayor Bob Pynsent is encouraging locals to join the library and take home one of these wonderful plants.

“The native plant giveaway is a sustainable way to celebrate NAIDOC Week. It greens our city as well as encouraging existing and new members to visit the library.”

The offer is available during library opening hours on Wednesday, July 11, while stocks last.