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Characteristics: Prostrate shurb spread 2m
Seeds per packet: 5
A prostrate shrub spreading up to 2m (7ft) with brown flower buds that are followed by cylindrical yellow-cream flowers 10-15cm high in late spring to early summer.
The thick stems that grow horizontally and are covered in fine hairs. Large leathery dull green leaves which are white on the underside grow vertically on stalks 15cm (6”) high can reach 60cm (2ft) in length and 10cm (4”) wide.
Endemic to the Esperance region of Western Australia.
Prefers a sandy well-drained soil on an open sunny position or part shade. Avoid waterlogged soils. Frost hardy
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.