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Baeckea gunniana - Schauer.                
                 
Common Name
Family Myrtaceae
Synonyms
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Bogs and wet rocky sites, especially by water courses in alpine regions to 1800 metres.
Range Australia - New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania.
Edibility Rating  
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Half Hardy Moist Soil Full sun

Summary       

Physical Characteristics       
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Baeckea gunniana is an evergreen Shrub growing to 1.5 m (5ft) by 2 m (6ft).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 9. It is in leaf 12-Jan. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs)

USDA hardiness zone : Coming soon


Suitable for: light (sandy) and medium (loamy) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers moist soil.

Baeckea gunniana


Baeckea gunniana
   
Habitats       
Woodland Garden Sunny Edge; South Wall. By. West Wall. By.
Edible Uses                                         
Edible Parts:
Edible Uses: Tea.

The leaves are a tea substitute, they are very refreshing and aromatic. A citrus-like flavour[144].
Medicinal Uses
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None known
Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details                                         
Requires a position in full sun in a fertile moisture retentive well-drained soil[200]. This species is not very hardy in Britain, though it should survive outdoors in the very mildest areas of the country, especially if given a sheltered position. Plants in Australian gardens tolerate temperatures down to at least -7°c[157], but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens due to our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. The leaves emit a powerful camphor-like scent when handled[245]. This species is very closely related to and perhaps synonymous with B. utilis[157]. A rock garden plant[157], it seems to maintain its prostrate habit even when grown at lower altitudes[157].
                                                                                 
Propagation                                         
Seed - surface sow in spring or autumn in a greenhouse and keep the compost moist until germination takes place. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Cuttings of half-ripe wood with a heel, July/August in a frame[200].
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Author                                         
Schauer.
                                                                                 
Botanical References                                         
154200
                                                                                 
Links / References                                         

[144]Cribb. A. B. and J. W. Wild Food in Australia.
A very good pocket guide.
[157]Wrigley. J. W. and Fagg. M. Australian Native Plants.
A lovely book, written in order to encourage Australian gardeners to grow their native plants. A little bit of information for the plant project.
[200]Huxley. A. The New RHS Dictionary of Gardening. 1992.
Excellent and very comprehensive, though it contains a number of silly mistakes. Readable yet also very detailed.
[245]Genders. R. Scented Flora of the World.
An excellent, comprehensive book on scented plants giving a few other plant uses and brief cultivation details. There are no illustrations.

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