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Other names: Water Bush
Characteristics: Shrub 4 m spread 4 m
Seeds per packet: 10
A medium shrub with green glossy leaves with pretty prefumed white flowers with purple dots and from August to January.
Flowers are followed by reddish purple fruits which are attractive for birds. The berries are very bitter but edible. This plant is an indicator of a water source in the bush. Great for garden screen.
Occurs over a wide range of Australia
Adaptable to most soils and positions, drought and frost resistant
Please Note: Although many of the traditional Bush Food and Medicine plants are now commercially produced in various forms we recommend you research these before using them as any form of food or medicines. Some parts of the plant may not be edible or some may need 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 responsibility to ensure they are fit for their intended use.
Optimum germinating temperature is around 18-22°C for this species.
Propagation from seed of this species is can be tricky as the seed is contained in a woody fruit. One method is to carefully crack the fruit in a vice to allow water ingress. It is possible to extract the seed will a little more pressure but care needs to be taken not to damaging the seed.
Seed can be soaked in water and sown as normal but it may take 2-12 moths to germinate.
The following method has been reported as being effective:
Germination time can vary from 28 days to several months.
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.