Propagation by seed gives variable results and seed may take months to germinate. Soaking in soapy water or smoke water may enhance germination, as may lightly scratching the seed coat. Propagation can also be carried out by dividing the underground rhizomes.
Chiefly September and October.
Ubiquitous in reserves and by roadsides.
The long tussocks of nidbul have long fibres that are, even at a metre long incredibly strong. These leaves are commonly used for basket and other forms of weaving.
Berries can be used as a dye.
The berries of nidbul are ripe when purple and are used as a food source.
* The critical factor in using plants for food is to avoid accidental poisoning. Eat only those plants you can positively identify and you know are safe to eat. All food details on this website are not based on toxicology reports or scientific knowledge, we make no claim to advice on bush survival in these information bites, only to represent the common perception.