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'GARAWANG' PURPLE APPLE BERRY (Billardiera macrantha) Seeds

'GARAWANG' PURPLE APPLE BERRY (Billardiera macrantha) Seeds

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'GARAWANG (Wurundjeri)

Purple berry or climbing blue berry

Common in tall open-forests of the Otways and mountain ranges east of Melbourne, with isolated occurrences at Mt Macedon and the Grampians.

A slender, twining creeper  which thrives in semi-shade and  cooler and moister areas. It has narrow dark green leaves and pale green tubular flowers , and oval shaped shiny purple berries which hang from the twiggy stems.

Flowers Oct.–Feb

As a bush food crop it grows well on trellises, or as a matted ground cover.

Edible Fruits ripe when they have dropped to the ground. can be added to fruit  salads, used in pies and yeast bakery products.

Germination:  Sow Seeds Early Spring-Summer, Only just cover the seed.
Seed may retain viability for 1-2 years stored at room temperature.