Native Cranberry, Cranberry Heath, Dwarf Astroloma.
Up to 0.5m.
Presence in Australia
Noted in the higher rainfall areas Coppabella; Jingellic and Upper Gilmore.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Ridges and slopes in dry sclerophyll forest over sandstone, shales and basalt, often in disturbed sites.
Small, mat-forming densely-branched shrub with branches to 50cm high. Blue-green stiff, prickly narrow leaves.
Requires well-drained soil. Tolerates frost and extended dry periods.
Bright to dark red tubular flowers, particularly May-Sep.
Harvest Astroloma seed early Sep to late Mar. Monitor closely as mature seeds shed in 3-14 days.
From cuttings of very young but firm new growth. Difficult to root, and propagate from seed.
Widely cultivated for rockeries, embankments, groundcover and planting beneath larger shrubs.
Good habitat. Provides nectar for native birds. Apparently not eaten by stock, due to its prickliness.
The sweet fruits were eaten by the Kooris.
Responds well to pruning.
Can be used in jams and jellies.