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This is a sample page from the Plants For A Future Species Database, and is an example of one of the 7000 useful plants which you'll find in it. This plants also features in the the leaflet on Urban Gardening and the checklist on Edible Trees and Shrubs. Note: I've chosen these particular examples because they are the plants I've got pictures for, the database as a whole does not contain picutures.

Myrtus ugni

Common name: Uņi Family: Myrtaceae
Author: Mol. Botanical references: 11, 200
Synonyms: Eugenia ugni. Ugni molinae.
Known Hazzards: None known
Range: S. America - Chile.
Habitat: Woodland edges and scrub[11, 184].

Habit: Shrub Decid/Ever: E Rating: 5
Height: 2.00 Width: 1.00 Hardyness: 8 Growth rate: M
In leaf: 1 - 12 Flowering time: 5 - 7 Seed ripens: 8 - 10 Scented: 0
Flower Type: H Self-fertile: Y Pollinators: Bees
Soil: LMH Well-drained: 1 Heavy clay: 0 Poor Soil: 0
pH: ANB Acid: 0 Alkaline: 0 Saline: 0
Shade: N Moisture: DM Wind: W Drought: 1
Nitrogen fixer: 0
Wildlife: 0
Pollution:   Frost tender: Y

Edible Uses

Coffee, Fruit, Tea.

Fruit - raw or cooked[2, 3]. An absolutely delicious flavour, it is very aromatic and tastes of wild strawberries[11, 15, K]. The fruit is about 15mm in diameter[196] and is freely borne even on small plants[K]. Leaves are a tea substitute[177, 183]. The roasted seeds are a coffee substitute[183].

Medicinal Uses

None known

Other Uses

Hedge.

Tolerant of trimming, it can be grown as a small hedge in the milder parts of Britain[11].

Cultivation details

Succeeds in any reasonably good soil including[1] dry ones. Prefers a moderately fertile well-drained loam in a sunny position[11, 200]. Fairly tolerant of maritime exposure[K]. Established plants are drought resistant[196]. A very ornamental plant[1], it is only hardy in the milder parts of Britain[3], tolerating temperatures down to about -10°c when fully dormant[184]. The young growth in spring can be damaged by late frosts. Plants grow and fruit very well in Cornwall, indeed, in the past it has been cultivated commercially for its fruit there[11, 59] (it was one of Queen Victoria's favourite fruits), but is now normally only grown as an ornamental plant. This is a much underused plant that highly merits cultivation on a commercial scale for its fruit[K]. Flowers and fruits well even when the plants are young[11, 166]. Plants in this genus are notably resistant to honey fungus[200].

Propagation

Seed - pre-soak 24 hours in warm water and sow February in a greenhouse. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts[K]. Cuttings of half-ripe wood, 7 - 10cm with a heel, July/August in a frame. Pot up in the autumn and overwinter in a cold frame. Plant out in late spring. High percentage[78]. Cuttings of mature wood of the current seasons growth, 7 - 12cm with a heel, November in a shaded and frost free frame. Plant out in late spring or early autumn. High percentage[78]. Layering.


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Readers Comments:

Myrtus Ugni

Nathan Alford and Shuan Preston (soulless72@hotmail.com and bart_monsterman3@juno.com) Fri Feb 16 22:08:01 2001

I would like to know how we use plants to day and if you could add that it would be swell


Myrtus Ugni

Bernhard Jenni (bjenni@ozemail.com.au) Fri Aug 24 07:43:34 2001

From bjenni@ozemail.com.au I have at present organised 22,000 plants to ground. Some of these are now 2years old,and already Fruiting superbly. have made jam/muffins/cheese/ice cream etc etc from the fruit.

Details of Growing Condition: Tasmania.

This comment has also been added to: myrtus ugni, ugni molinae, Tazzi Berry.


Myrtus Ugni

A. Wigmore (amjwigmore@yahoo.com) Wed Jan 23 09:05:02 2002

I have had two plants for some three years, one in a vegetable bed, one in poorish soil in the front garden. One was fruiting when I bought it, never has done since. The other was rather bigger when I bought it and has never fruited. The fruit were delicious, but how to get them to give me some more?

Details of Growing Condition: Mid Somerset, exposed garden.

This comment has also been added to: myrtus ugni, ugni molinae, Tazzi Berry.


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