Wild Hops – A Touch of Spring
- Posted by webmaster
- On October 6, 2009
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A carpet of green accentuates the vivid red blooms of wild hops, a common site around Outback South Australia in Spring.
Wild hops is not a native flower. It was introduced into the country in the early to mid 1800s by Afghan camel drivers who came to Australia and provide much needed transport to remote communities, outstations and railway siding through South Australia and the Northern Territory.
Wild hop was used by the Afghan cameleers to pad out their saddlebags and once in Australia the padding that contained the seeds were spread far and wide.
However, unlike something like Salvation Jane or Pattersons Curse as it is sometimes known, wild hops has not become a pest and adds a welcome splash of colour to the landscape, in this case around Mt Scott, near Leigh Creek.
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