Native Desert Yam
This plant is not on the Australian Noxious Weed List
A native of the Southern Kimberley and Pilbara areas of West Australia extending into Central Australia where it likes well-drained, poor, sandy or rocky soils often over sandstone and an open, sunny position. It is drought tolerant but dislikes frost. However, frost will only affect above ground parts and the tuber will sprout again in warmer weather.
A prostrate or climbing, evergreen perennial growing to a height of 3 metres, leaves are heart-shaped and glossy green; flowers are purple, pink or blue with a darker throat and the tubers are white and edible.
An important source of food for Aboriginals who dug down leaving the plant and main tuber undisturbed to gather the small, young tubers at the ends of the lateral roots. The main tuber is stringy but the lateral tubers are crisp and 80 per cent water and used uncooked in salads. Backfill after digging to promote further tuber production.
Offered is a packet of 10 seeds complete with propagation notes.
All seed is posted in bubble wrap protection.
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