Common Name: Native Rosella
Native Rosella is an evergreen shrub growing around 1.8 metres tall.
The edible leaves, flowers and roots are sometimes gathered from the wild for local use.
Australia - New South Wales, Queensland.
Moist eucalyptus forests, jungle gullies and rainforest edges[
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Prefers a well-drained humus rich fertile soil in full sun[
]. Suitable for waterside plantings[
Leaves and young shoots - raw or cooked. Pleasantly acid[
]. An excellent spinach substitute, the boiled leaves losing their acidity[
Flowers and flower buds - raw or cooked[
]. A very mild flavour[
]. The large, decorative flowers make an attractive garnish on salads[
Root - it is edible but very fibrous[
]. Mucilaginous, without very much flavour[
]. The roots of young plants are used[
A tough fibre obtained from the stems is used for making nets etc[
Seed - sow in situ or in containers. Germination is usually quite rapid. Prick out container-grown seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and plant them out into their permanent positions when they are 10cm or more tall.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood in a frame.
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