Herb latin name: Persoonia arborea

Family: Proteaceae

Edible parts of Persoonia arborea:

Fruit - raw or cooked. The fruit has a sweet fibrous pulp that is fixed to one large seed, it tastes somewhat like sweet cotton wool and is relished by the Australian Aborigines.

Description of the plant:


6 m
(20 feet)

Habitat of the herb:

Moist shady woods to the alpine and sub-alpine zones.

Other uses of Persoonia arborea:

Wood - tough and hard.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - scarify the seed and sow it in a greenhouse as soon as it is ripe in the autumn. Keep the seed tray in a sunny position during the following summer and the seed should germinate in the autumn. About 46% germination can be expected. Carefully prick the young seedlings out into individual pots within 1 - 2 days of emerging, the root is very brittle and plants are easily killed. Grow the plants on in the greenhouse for at least their first 2 winters and plant them out into their permanent positions in early summer. Give some protection from winter cold for at least their first winter outdoors.

Cultivation of Persoonia arborea:

Moist shady woods to the alpine and sub-alpine zones.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Persoonia arborea:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.