Common Black Boy
A curious plant from Western Australia with a stocky trunk to 7 m (23 ft.) tall that holds a bristly crown of long, hard, narrow, needle-like leaves that remind of a large tuft of grass. It is common in areas with frequent brush fires that leave the trunk blackened, hence the common name. Growth is slow, about 1 m (3 ft.) in 30 years, but plants are robust and very drought tolerant and can take some frost with ease. It does best in warm temperate climates and prefers a place in sun on well drained ground.