Native Lassiandra (Melastoma affine) is a rounded Shrub that grows to approx. two metres high with beautiful lilac flowers to five cm across, flowering from Spring to Autumn. It has attractive rough textured leaves, and purple stems, making it an ideal feature plant that can be pruned if required.
Flowers mainly in Summer, but will often flower throughout the year as well. The flower produces pollen which attracts many bees.
The delicious sweet edible purple pulp of the fruit eaten raw by Indigenous people stains the mouth, hence the other common name Blue Tongue. The fruit has numerous small seeds inside.
It prefers a warm temperate climate, full shade in a protected position, well-composted, moist soils and a good water supply. It will not tolerate frost. Suitable for pots.
Native Lassiandra attracts the Miskin Jewell butterfly.
Sow on soil surface in Spring, using quality seedling medium. Water gently using mister. Germination approx. 6 - 12 weeks.
5 seeds per packet