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Golden Gravel Wattle
Characteristics: Variable shrub 30 cm to 2 m
Seeds per packets: 20
A very ornamental species that is not commonly cultivated. It is well suited for rockeries and small gardens.
Dense foliage of small phyllodes (leaves) with bright golden yellow flowers that occur from June to October.
A spreading shrub that can be variable in height from 30 cm to 2 metres depending on the conditions.
Endemic to Western Australia.
Prefers a light well drained soil in positions from partial shade to full sun. Drought resistant and light frost tolerant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, 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.