SWAN BERRY (Astroloma glaucescens) SEEDS 'Bush Tucker Plant'
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Flowering start in August, like many heaths they can be long flowering.
A pungent shrub, growing to a height of 0.6 metres with a spread of 1 metre.
This native, evergreen shrub lives in a broad coastal strip from Geraldton to Perth where it prefers light to medium, well drained soils in an open, sunny position. It is drought resistant but dislikes frost.
The fruit are small berries.
Suitable for light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils. And tolerates acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (found often in light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.
Fruit - raw or cooked
Prized as bush tucker for its small fleshy berries that are eaten when soft.
A slightly tart flavour, it can be eaten raw or used in jams etc.
Cultivators are warned to be wary of its sharp serrated leaves when harvesting.