Melastoma affine “Blue Tongue”.

Commonly know as: Blue Tongue; aboriginal name Dhumula (Yolngu mob)
  • Pot Sizes: 175 mm
  • Growth Habitat: MS
  • Flowering Times: SPR/SUM

The Blue Tongue gets its name from its sweet, blue-black fruits that stain the mouth. It grows wild in the Kimberley region of WA, across the Northern Territory and Queensland, and as far south as Kempsey on the New South Wales coast.

Blue Tongue flowers continually throughout Spring and Summer, producing showy mauve to purple flowers. Berries can be picked and eaten directly off the shrub. It prefers to grow in part shade and likes protection from hot winds and afternoon sun. Requires a rich, free draining moist soil.

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