Betel Leaf is a rather beautiful upright spreader with simple, heart shaped leaves that have a delightful waxy, glossy surface.
As an under-story filler around pools, verandah’s and BBQ areas they are superb. They add such a tropical look to any garden that props are unnecessary.
The flowers are bisexual or uni-sexual, in terminal or leaf opposite spikes. Fruit is small, dry, with several rounded bulges.
The Betel Leaf plant has a characteristic pungent odour and is used to treat fever, as an expectorant, toothache, coughing, asthma and pleurisy.
As a food, it makes a great ‘wrap’ for prawns and can be shredded to add to salads and quick stir-fry’s.
The pepper taste of the leaves is mild but present.
Potted Root Cuttings are almost always available regardless of the season but are usually half price during their peak growing time in Summer.
Some plants are planted seasonally, as their nature demands.
These will therefore only be available while they last, as we try not to plant more than will survive in a condition appropriate to be mailed out with the greatest chance of survival.
If we are out of stock (especially annuals), we will not be planting until the time is right for the particular plant, once again.
This may be up to 8 months, depending on the plant.
Please view the galley image to understand what to expect when you buy ‘out of season plants.
PLEASE NOTE: We cannot send live plants outside Australia, to Western Australia or Tasmania.