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Lavender Star Flower

Grewia occidentalis

The crossberry is a small, hardy, attractive shrub to tree indigenous to Southern Africa. The common name stems from the 4-lobed fruit. Growing the crossberry in your garden will bring birds and butterflies into the garden. It has a non-aggressive root system enabling planting near to walls and paving.

Planning

Difficulty
Moderate
Flowering time
Summer
Fruiting time
Autumn

Harvesting

Berries are harvested when ripe.

Propagation

Seed
Germination is erratic as the seed coat is strong.

Special features

Drought resistant
Plants can withstand long dry periods
Attracts useful insects
Attracts bees and butterflies, larvae of the rufous-winged elfin butterfly (Eagris nottoana) and buff-tipped skipper (Netrobalane canopus) feed on the leaves.
Attracts birds
Louries, mousebirds, bulbuls and barbets are know to feast on the fruit.

Geography

Origin
Africa, Southern Africa, South Africa, Mozambique, Zimbabwe
Natural climate
Temperate to Tropical

Environment

Light
Full Sun, Partial Sun
Soil moisture
Dry
Soil type
Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Neutral
Frost hardiness
Hardy

Uses

Medicinal
Parts of the plant are used in traditional medicine
Edible
Berries are edible, either fresh and raw, locals ferment the fruit with traditional beer, also used with goats milk to make berry yoghurt.

Personality

Family
Malvaceae
Flower colour
Purples
Scent
None

Problems

Generally problem free.

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