Melastoma affine – Blue Tongue

A hardy evergreen medium sized shrub with mauve flowers in spring and summer. The flowers are followed by sweet blue-black berries that stain, which give the common name of Blue Tongue, and lots of fun for kids. Naturally grows in tropical and sub tropical areas, in moist well drained soils. Prefers part shade and protection from frost and winds.

Scientific Name:Melastoma affine
Family:Melastomataceae
Common Name:Blue Tongue
Plant Type:Small shrub, Large shrub
Height:1 ~ 3 metre
Width:1 ~ 1.5 metre
Flower Colour:Purple, Mauve
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam
Climate Zone:Tropical, Sub-tropical
Light:Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Frost Tolerance:Not frost tolerant
Special Uses:Edible, Decorative fruit
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Other insects

 

 

Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants