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A prostrate, trailing perennial, or climber that produces purple-blue-pink flowers from February to Oct in its native range. Leaves are rounded and leathery,
Grows from a central rootstock and runs for up to 6 metres on coastal sandy beaches, sand dunes and ocean cliffs.
Useful ground cover especially for sandy soils.
Occurs on shorelines around the top of Australia and around the world in warmer climates.
The indigenous people of northern parts of Australia used the young pods and seeds for food.
The mature seeds must be boiled or roasted to make them edible. It is said the plant became an important food for Captain Cook and his crew.
Prefers well-drained sandy soil in an open warm sunny position, Drought resistant but frost tender.
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you re-search these before using them as any form of food or medicine. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need to be prepared before they are safe to eat or use in any way. We do our best to describe their traditional & modern uses. It is the purchaser's responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-23°C for this species.
Seeds germinate readily, however, they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally, germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.
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