Hibbertia Scandens - 25 seeds
Sowing temp: 25C
Position: Light Shade to Full Sun; Well Drained.
Preparation: Soak the seed in water for several hours or in agar for a few days to soften the seed coat and make it easier to remove. Incubation of the seed in gibberellic acid, at 25mg p/litre can assist germination. Fire may also crack the seed coat and stimulate germination.
Sowing: 1mm deep. Cover very lightly with soil.
Care: As it is only hardy down to 5 °C it requires winter protection in temperate region.
Sprouting: 91-258 days.
NOT EDIBLE!!! While the fruit looks attractive enough to eat, it is best not to as it produces an unpleasant burning sensation in the mouth and lips a minute or so after eating.
Hibbertia scandens grows mostly from south-eastern New South Wales upwards to north-east Queensland. Known as snake vine, climbing guinea flower, golden guinea vine or gold guinea plant. Growing to 4 m in length, it is a climbing or sprawling evergreen shrub with glossy leaves and solitary, bright yellow flowers (reported as having an unpleasant odour), native to Australia but widely cultivated.
Growing Hibbertia from seed can be difficult and most plants are grown from cuttings.
"This is another incredible anti-inflammatory and antiseptic bush medicine. The leaves and stems of Snake Vine (Hibbertia scandens) were warmed and mashed into a paste and used as a topical application for pain of arthritis for joints and other inflammation from injuries. The sap was also used as a broad spectrum antiseptic. This practice was widely used by Aboriginal peoples of central and northern Australia. 'Ngalyipi' is the Warlpiri word for this plant". Information retrieved from NITV SBS online 21 March 2020.
The Chakra Garden can not take any responsibility for any adverse effects from the use of plants.
Always seek advice from a professional before eating or using a plant medicinally.
****Please note: these are seeds (we are NOT selling these as live plants. Quarantine restrictions and costs prohibit us from selling these seeds to WA, Tas, and Internationally.