Herb latin name: Cyathodes straminea


Family: Epacridaceae



Edible parts of Cyathodes straminea:

Fruit - raw or cooked. More astringent and less palatable than C. glauca.

Description of the plant:



Plant:
Evergreen
Shrub

Habitat of the herb:

Alpine and sub-alpine zones.

Propagation of Cyathodes straminea:

Seed - surface sow in ericaceous soil, February/March in a cold frame. Do not exclude light. Germination can take place within 1 - 2 months at 18C but often takes 3 - 5 years. Scarification will reduce the germination time and 2 or 3 periods of 4 - 6 weeks cold stratification alternated with 4 weeks warm stratification can also help. Perhaps sowing the seed as soon as it is ripe would also be beneficial. The seedlings can be very slow to form roots and need to be potted up with great care. Grow them on for at least two years in the greenhouse before planting them out in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame. Neither easy nor reliable. Air layering.

Cultivation of the herb:

Alpine and sub-alpine zones.

Medicinal use of Cyathodes straminea:

None known

Known hazards of Cyathodes straminea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.