Herb latin name: Leptospermum lanigerum
Synonyms: Leptospermum pubescens
Family: Myrtaceae (Myrtle Family)
Edible parts of Leptospermum lanigerum:The leaves are used as a tea substitute.
Description of the plant:
Habitat of the herb:Mountainous areas and down to the coast. Wet heathland, open eucalyptus forest and by streams.
Other uses of Leptospermum lanigerum:This species can be grown as a hedge in positions that are not too exposed. When trimming, however, the plants should not be cut back into old wood because they will not grow back. Wood - tough, close grained. Used for poles, stakes, firewood etc.
Propagation of the herb:Seed - sow spring in a greenhouse and only just cover the seed. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant out in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts, and give some protection from the cold for their first winter or two outdoors. The seed remains viable for many years. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 5 - 8 cm with a heel, early August in a frame. Over-winter in the greenhouse for its first year. Good percentage. Cuttings of almost mature wood, 4 - 5 cm with a heel, October/November in a frame. Good percentage.
Cultivation of Leptospermum lanigerum:Mountainous areas and down to the coast. Wet heathland, open eucalyptus forest and by streams.
Medicinal use of the herb:None known
Known hazards of Leptospermum lanigerum:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.