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Other Coomon Name: Quoll's Paw
Characteristics: Clumping perennial to 10cm to 1m
Seeds per packets: 15
A perennial member of the Kangaroo Paw family with, mid-green, lance-shaped leaves and tubular orange red and yellow flowers that occur in dense heads in spring.
Endemic to the south west corner of Western Australia extending from Geraldton to Esperance on the south coast.
Widely cultivated and can be grown successfully in areas with humid summers
Prefers light to medium soils in an open sunny position. It is drought and frost resistant. Avoid overhead watering in summer and water at the base of the plant. Clumps may also be divided in early summer.
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 for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke optional.
This genus is responsive to smoke, although it is not critical for germination of this species it usually beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
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.