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Common Name: Golden Heath
Styphelia adscendens is an evergreen shrub that can grow up to 0.20 metres tall.
It is harvested from the wild for local use as a food.
Australia - New South Wales, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria.
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy in Britain, though judging by its native range it might succeed outdoors in the mildest parts of this country.
Requires a peaty sandy soil and very careful watering[
]. Succeeds in poor soils[
Fruit - raw or cooked[
]. Sweet and tasty[
Seed - probably best sown as soon as it is ripe in a greenhouse. The seed can be very slow to germinate. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter, planting them out in early summer.
Cuttings can be taken though it is usually hard to find sufficient material[