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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.

5 seeds per packet


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