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Southern Blechnum Banksia
Characteristics: Prostrate shrub
Seeds per packet: 5
The Southern Blechnum Banksia is typically a dwarf prostrate spreading shrub with horizontal branches and dusky-red flower heads 15-18 cm. The flowers are usually pollinated by ants.
A hardy Banksia that is great for coastal and embankment planting.
Native to the South West of Western Australiaa.
Prefers a deep well-drained sandy soil in an open sunny position, avoid waterlogged soils. Drought and frost resistant.
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
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.
Smoke Treatments: Pre-treatment of smoke is not considered critical to germination of this species of Proteaceae and germination will generally occur without it.
Many members of the Proteaceae family are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in some species of the Proteaceae family.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.