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Persoonia mollis is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 1.80 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - New South Wales.
Grows in dry to wet sclerophyll forest on Hawkesbury and Narrabeen Sandstones,at elevations of 50 - 1150 metres[
We have very little information on this species and do not know how hardy it will be in Britain. Plants tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c in Australian gardens, though this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer colder and wetter winters. Persoonia mollis is a complex species exhibiting considerable geographic variation, represented formally by 9 subspecies[
]. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus.
Requires a warm position in full sun in a freely draining preferably sandy slightly acid soil, preferring a pH around 6.3 to 6.5[
]. Soils should be low in nutrients, especially nitrates and phosphates[
Fruit - raw or cooked. Succulent but 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[
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.