CLEMATIS MICROPHYLLA – NATIVE BEE MAGNET! MEDIUM PACKET FLUFFY FLOWERS BUSH TUCKER $1.30

BUSH TUCKER! CLEMATIS MICROPHYLLA IS ALSO CALLED OLD MAN’S BEARD AND YOU CAN SEE WHY! DRESSES UP EUCALYPTUS AND OTHER TRUNKS, DROUGHT AND FROST TOLERANT! PEPPERY ROOTS ARE EATEN AND LEAVES CAN ADD A PEPPER TASTE TO OTHER FOODS!

Description
Crushing the leaves and inhaling their peppery aroma has been used by native peoples as a way to relieve headaches. Steaming the leaves and placing them on arthritic and just plain achy joints can bring welcome relief quite quickly!

Can be used as a screen or ground cover in coastal locations, native parks and reserves. The Clematis is ‘dioeceious’ with slightly different flowers on the female and male plants. The flowers on the females produce seed heads with fluffy white and silvery beards which is why they are often referred to as ‘ Old-man’s Beard’. Provides nesting sites for native birds and attracts bees.

Cultural use: Indigenous peoples used the cooked roots for food, fibre for decoration and leaves as a medicine.

The flowers are greenish white and very bird attracting.
Clematis microphylla is a member of the Ranunculaceae family and is a vigorous climber. Leaves are lance-shaped in threes, dull green or greyish and each leaflet is up to three centimetres long.

The flowers are up to four centimetres across, greenish-cream and cover the climber from August to November. The flowers, of female plants, produce one-seeded, small, dry fruits that have a feathery tail. The fruits are very light and the feathery tail allows them to be dispersed by the wind.
C. microphylla is a double-barrelled plant. Both when in flower and fruiting vines are eye-catching features. C. microphylla is found throughout Australia except in the Northern Territory.

BOAT SHAPED, LIGHT BROWN SEEDS, EASY TO SEE AND HANDLE.

Grow Notes
A drought and frost tolerant, evergreen vine, it is a vigorous grower to 3 meters and may be used as a groundcover given the absence of something to climb on or a climber when given a structure to climb on.

Does best in well-drained soils in a sunny spot.

C. microphylla flowers from July to December. Male and female flowers develop on different plants, female plants develop fluffy, cottonwool-like fruits.

Sow
Germination of C. microphylla seeds can be sped up by removing the outer casing with a piece of sandpaper or with a knife being very careful not to cut into the pulp of the seed, or by exposing seed to a cycle of wetting and drying before planting.

Sow in Spring or Summer. Place seed beneath the soil to 5 mm, cover with layer of soil or fine gravel and keep moist in open sunny position.

Germination
56 days.

Maturity
2-3 years.

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Seed Count: 10
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