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Astroloma humifusum - (Cav.)R.Br.

Common Name Cranberry Heath
Family Epacridaceae
USDA hardiness 7-10
Known Hazards None known
Habitats Sandy loams in the mountain zone[154]. In heathland and open forests[193, 200]. Also found on cleared land in a range of soils including sandstone, shale and heavy clay[200].
Range Australia - Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria, New South Wales and Tasmania.
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Care
Frost Hardy Well drained soil Moist Soil Full sun
Astroloma humifusum Cranberry Heath


Astroloma humifusum Cranberry Heath

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Summary


Physical Characteristics

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Astroloma humifusum is an evergreen Shrub growing to 0.1 m (0ft 4in) by 0.5 m (1ft 8in).
It is hardy to zone (UK) 8. It is in leaf 12-Jan It is in flower from May to June. The species is hermaphrodite (has both male and female organs) Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils and prefers well-drained soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It cannot grow in the shade. It prefers dry or moist soil and can tolerate drought.

Synonyms

Habitats

By South Wall;  By West Wall;  Sunny Edge;  Walls;  Woodland Garden.

Sandy loams in the mountain zone[154]. In heathland and open forests[193, 200]. Also found on cleared land in a range of soils including sandstone, shale and heavy clay[200].

Edible Uses

Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw. A sweet viscid pulp[46, 144, 154, 157, 177]. The taste is somewhat like apples[193]. The fruit is a drupe about 7 - 11mm wide[193, 200].

Medicinal Uses

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None known

Other Uses

None known

Cultivation details

Succeeds in most well-drained soils[200]. Established plants are moderately drought tolerant[200]. This species is hardy to about -7°c in Australian gardens[157], but this cannot be translated directly to British gardens because of our cooler summers and longer, colder and wetter winters. Plants can survive frosts in Britain, particularly if the roots are well mulched, but they are best when grown in a cold greenhouse in this country[200]. The plants have a very fine root system which makes transplanting difficult[157].

Propagation

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. The seed has a hard coat and some form of scarification is necessary or the seed can take up to 5 years to germinate. Two or three periods each of 4 - 6 weeks cold stratification can reduce the time taken to germinate[175]. As soon as 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. When large enough, plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer. Cuttings of firm young tip growths[200]. It is very difficult to obtain suitable wood[157] and the cuttings are slow to root[200].

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Found In

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Weed Potential

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Conservation Status

IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :

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