Australian Native - Currant Bush - Scaevola spinescens
Australian Native - Currant Bush - Scaevola spinescens
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Australian Native - Currant Bush - Scaevola spinescens

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Currant Bush, also known as Maroon Bush, is native to the arid temperate climate in West Australia, however is found in many other Australian states. 

Maroon Bush is a hardy evergreen shrub growing to approx. 1m high producing small creamy white to yellow blooms, with petals that spread open in a fan-like shape. As the fruit follows flowering, a healthy Maroon Bush should regularly bear purple oval berries about 5mm in diameter. 

The Current Bush is very important for traditional bush medicine and has been investigated for it's anti-cancer properties.  It features in Aboriginal bush medicine as a treatment for cancer, heart disease, intestinal conditions, kidney and urinary conditions, and overall general illness. 

It is used as a tea; the leaves, flowers and berries of the Currant Bush can be simmered (covered) in water for up to 40 minutes, then left to cool overnight before straining and drinking. The roots were also infused in water and taken to help with digestive pain. The berries are edible, tasting best when purple-black in colour (ripe).

Choose a full-sun or partly shaded spot with fertile soil that drains easily.  Treat seeds first with hot water, then sow in good quality native seedling medium.  Drought tolerant.

5 seeds per packet