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Cap Gun Wattle
Characteristics: Small Shrub 10-75 cm
Seeds per packets: 10
A small dense rounded shrub with small greyish-green foliage and round golden flowers in winter and spring.
A versatile plant that will withstand coastal conditions and drought. Ideal for hot spots. Recommended for smaller gardens and pots.
Full sun to part shade but will flower more profusely in full sun. Suited to most soils that are well drained. Drought tolerant and frost hardy to -7 C.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C.
Acacia seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.
General note: Seeds of many natives are dormant and require specific conditions or pre-treatment for germination.
Do not be too hasty to discard seed that does not germinate, seeds will often lay dormant until the conditions are similar to their natural requirements for germination to occur. Containers put to one side will often surprise long after they were discarded.