MYRTLE / GREY TEA-TREE (Leptospermum myrtifolium) 'Bush Tucker Plant Seeds'
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Shrub to 2m with grey leaves, masses of white flowers, large, showy seed capsules. Flowering mainly occurs from January to February.
Myrtle tea-tree usually grows in poorly-drained soils in woodland, on the edges of high altitude swamps and along rocky creek banks. It occurs south from the Orange district in New South Wales to eastern Victoria.
Suitable for: shelterbelt/
Tolerates: frost, snow well-
The seeds boast an impressive 70%+ germination rate, making them quick and easy to grow
Bush tucker: The fresh, pungent leaves are a fragrant and refreshing tea substitute. Honeybees gather the nectar from its flowers.
Bush medicine: Tea tree leaves were used by Aboriginal communities for their medicinal properties. The leaves were often crushed or infused in water to create a herbal infusion or poultice. This infusion was used to treat various ailments, including coughs, colds, skin infections, cuts, and insect bites. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of tea tree oil found in the leaves made it effective in combating infections.
Insect Repellent: The strong scent of tea tree leaves was known to repel insects. Aboriginal people would rub crushed leaves on their skin or burn them to deter mosquitoes and other biting insects.
Other uses: Tea tree bark and branches were used for various practical purposes. The bark could be fashioned into containers, baskets, or bark canoes. The strong and flexible branches were used for making tools, such as digging sticks, hunting spears, and fish traps.