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Dioscorea hastifolia – Warrine (seed)

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Dioscorea hastifolia is a perennial geophytic climber from the Dioscoraceae family, native to Western Australia. Hastifolia is from the Latin words hasta, meaning spear, and folium, meaning leaf. It forms a tuber that was eaten by Aboriginals. A scrambling or climbing shrub with stems up to 2m long. Yellow flowers are produced in a spike between May and July. Dioscorea hastifolia occurs from Shark Bay in WA, south to Perth.

Care and Cultivation of Dioscorea hastifolia

Sow Dioscorea hastifolia seeds in autumn/spring, sow seed (don’t bury too deep, just enough to keep them weighted down) under the surface of a well drained cacti/succulent mix, keeping moist until germination. You can also cycle from moist through dry and then water again to stimulate germination. Disturbing the soil can also help. Likes a full sun or part shade position and is tolerant of extreme heat and heavy frost. Extremely drought tolerant due to the water storing capacities of the tuber. Summer dormant with the stems loosing leaves.

5 seeds per packet


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