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Green Kangaroo Paw

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 295


Family: Haemodoraceae
Sub-family: Conostyloideae
Characteristics: Clumping perennial 50-85cm

Seed per packet: Approx. 100
Seed per gram: Approx. 1300

The Green Kangaroo Paw is a small hardy clumping perennial 50-85cm in height and similar-sized clumps.
The bird-attracting green or yellow flower occurs on stems above the foliage from August to October.

Occurs naturally in the Esperance Plains, Jarrah Forest, Swan Coastal Plain and Warren in the southwest coastal region of Western Australia where it can Commonly be found in winter wet areas.

Adaptable to most soils including areas with poor drainage areas. Grows in full sun and light shade. Drought and frost tolerant.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoiding the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for this species is around 18-22°C.

Pre-treatment:  Smoke is recommended.

This genus is responsive to smoke, although it is not critical for the germination of this species it is usually beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.

  1. Sow seed on the surface of a porous seed-raising mix.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed-raising. Do not bury the seed deeply.
  3. Water with a fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 21 days in the suitable condition but may take up to 90 days or longer depending on the conditions.

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 are discarded.

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