Australian Native - Elegant Wattle - Acacia victoriae

Australian Native - Elegant Wattle - Acacia victoriae

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Acacia victoriae is known as the Elegant Wattle, Bardi bush, or Bramble wattle.

It is found in a variety of habitats on plains and gentle slopes, frequently in sandy soils along watercourses; also on stony ridges and coastal dunes.  It is an evergreen Shrub growing to 10 m (32ft) at a fast rate.

The flowers are pollinated by Bees.

The seed can be dried and ground into a powder then used with wheat flour etc when making bread and cakes. The dark, rich flour produced from the seed is of high quality with overtones of coffee and chicory in the flavour.  The roasted seed can be used as a coffee substitute. 

The pods are harvested when the seeds are fully formed, but still green - the pods are then lightly roasted and the seed is eaten.  Pods can be collected by manually shaking or gently beating the branches and collecting them on a groundsheet. 

The bark of all Acacia species contains certain quantities of tannins and are astringent. Astringents are often used medicinally - taken internally, for example. they are used in the treatment of diarrhoea and dysentery, and may also be helpful in cases of internal bleeding. Applied externally, often as a wash, they are used to treat wounds and other skin problems, haemorrhoids, perspiring feet, some eye problems, as a mouth wash etc. (Medicinal advice should be sought by your health adviser before application).

Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in nutritionally poor soil.  It prefers dry or moist soil, full sun and can tolerate drought.   The plant is useful as a low windbreak and for soil stabilisation in dry areas.

Pour hot water over seed and let stand overnight. Sow in Spring, using quality seedling medium.  Germination approx. 3 - 4 weeks.

10 seeds per packet