Herb latin name: Persoonia rigida
Edible parts of Persoonia rigida:Fruit - raw or cooked. Insipid and astringent. 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:
Habitat of the herb:Montane zone in sandy and stony soils. Open forests.
Propagation of Persoonia rigida: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 the herb:Montane zone in sandy and stony soils. Open forests.
Medicinal use of Persoonia rigida:None known
Known hazards of Persoonia rigida:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.