Gaultheria x wisleyensis
Herb latin name: Gaultheria x wisleyensis
Family: Ericaceae (Heath Family)
Edible parts of Gaultheria x wisleyensis:Fruit - raw or cooked. Not much flavour but reasonably palatable.
Description of the plant:
(3 1/4 foot)
Habitat of the herb:Not known in the wild.
Other uses of Gaultheria x wisleyensis:A good ground cover for shady situations, the plants spread by suckers and form dense thickets.
Propagation of the herb:The seed requires a period of cold stratification. Pre-chill for 4 - 10 weeks and then surface sow in a lime-free compost in a shady part of the greenhouse and keep the compost moist. The seed usually germinates well, usually within 1 - 2 months at 20°C, but the seedlings are liable to damp off. It is important to water them with care and to ensure that they get plenty of ventilation. Watering them with a garlic infusion can also help to prevent damping of. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are about 25mm tall and grow them on in light shade in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out in late spring or early summer. The seedlings are susceptible to spring frosts so might need some protection for their first few years outdoors. The leaves remain very small for the first few years. This is a hybrid species and will not breed true. Cuttings of half-ripe wood 3 - 6cm long, July/August in a frame in a shady position. They form roots in late summer or spring. A good percentage usually take. Division in spring when new growth is about 7cm tall. Larger clumps can be replanted direct into their permanent positions, though it is best to pot up smaller clumps and grow them on in a cold frame until they are rooting well. Plant them out in the spring.
Cultivation of Gaultheria x wisleyensis:Not known in the wild.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Gaultheria x wisleyensis:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.