ASTARTEA scoparia (White fls)
Stock: 236 Available
Characteristics: Shrub 1.8 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packets: 50
An attractive free flowering shrub with a low spreading habit that is densely foliaged and white five petal flowers that occur profusely over a long flowering period from October to February with sporadic flowering at other times.
Short narrow aromatic fleshy leaves sometimes arranged in bundles along the stems.
Endemic to Western Australia.
Prefers damp, sandy soils in a partially shade position. It is drought tolerant but frost tender.
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 is recommended.
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.
- Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
- Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
- Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
- Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
- Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
- Germination generally occurs in around 21 days in the right condition but may take up to 56 days.
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.