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Microseris sp.
Murnong, Nyamin
  • Hardy to Zone 7
  • Full Sun
  • Germination Tested November 15, 2023: 90%
  • 10+ seeds per packet
Regular price $5.00 CAD
Regular price Sale price $5.00 CAD
Sale Sold out

This variety will not be restocked for the foreseeable future.

Yam Daisy is a perennial plant native to southeastern Australia. It is an important traditional food for Aboriginal people of the region, including the Wathaurong and Yuin peoples, who once grew it in vast, well-tilled fields. Traditional names for the plant include Murnong and Nyamin.

The tubers can be eaten raw or cooked, and purportedly have a sweet, coconut-like flavour. They are said to be easily digestible and more energy dense than potatoes. They can be eaten warm with butter, in salads, or used in desserts. The leaves may also be eaten but are on the bitter side.

It is said that yam daisy fields once stretched into the horizon, carefully tended by the Indigenous peoples. But once European colonizers brought in sheep and put a stop to cultural burning, the yam daisies petered out due to lack of proper human relationship. Murnong has been recognized for their cultural and culinary importance by the Slow Food Foundation for Biodiversity. Efforts are being made to again cultivate this plant on a small scale.

Murnong can be grown in the ground or in pots. Try fertilizing it with a phosphorous-rich fertilizer (such as compost, manure, or bone meal) in spring to mimic the traditional cultivation method of burning. It appreciates loamy soil with regular water, although in the wild it can be found in drier conditions. To harvest, gently lift the plant with a garden fork in fall and harvest the offshoots, leaving the main root to grow. It's recommended to wait until the plant's second year to harvest.

PLEASE NOTE- I'm not sure which species these are, but believe they are either M. scapigera or M. lanceolata since plants produce multiple tubers. Both species are edible.


50% of sales from this variety go to Sovereign Seeds, an Indigenous-led initiative dedicated to the revitalization of Indigenous seed and food sovereignty in so-called Canada. 

Growing Instructions

Sow shallowly indoors a few weeks before last frost. Seeds may take up to 4 weeks to germinate. Transplant out after danger of frost has passed.

Shipping & Returns

We ship seeds within Canada for a flat fee of $6, United States for $25, and internationally for $25*. Live plants and bulbs can only be shipped within Canada.

 

Shipping in Canada 

We ship seeds in Canada via regular letter mail, which is an untracked service, and usually takes 1-2 weeks to arrive. Larger bulbs and plants are sent via tracked flat rate box.

 

Shipping to the US

We ship all US orders by tracked packet and they usually take two weeks to arrive.

According to the USDA, most seeds require an import permit to be brought into the US and the permit is free and useable for multiple orders/years. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". In our experience shipping seeds over several years, most small orders will make it across the border without issues, but occasionally they will be held at US Customs. 

It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held or confiscated by US customs.

 

Shipping Internationally

International orders are usually shipped via untracked packet. The package will list the contents as "Garden Seeds". It is your responsibility to ensure you have the required import permit and Cicada Seeds will not be responsible for any orders held of confiscated by customs.

International shipping countries include: Australia, Austria, Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Hong Kong SAR, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Singapore, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, United Arab Emirates, United Kingdom

 

If you have any issues with the quality of your order, please contact us within 60 days and we will make it right!

*Shipping fees are in Canadian dollars. 

Ecologically Grown

Seeds are grown ecologically without the use of chemical pesticides or fertilizers.

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Danyka
Arrived well and all looks healthy.

Arrived well and all looks healthy.