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Characteristics: Large shrub 3-4 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packet: 5
Typically with a single trunk with smooth to rough bark to 1 metre before branching. The flowers occur in narrow spikes which are typically about 60-190 mm long, 60mm wide and pale yellow in colour when fully open.
The distinctive flower buds are highly variable in colour with deep brown, chestnut, greenish and even slate blue-grey reported.
The leaves are elliptical in shape, deep green on top and silvery below and usually have entire margins, but are occasionally serrated. The hairy new growth is attractive being brownish or reddish in colour.
Endemic to four distinct areas in South Eastern Queensland and the Blue mountains.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Reliable in sub-tropical climates.
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
Pre-treatment of smoke: Not considered critical to germination of this species and germination will generally occur without it.
However 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 many 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.
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.