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Characteristics: Shrub 80 cm spread 50 c m
Seeds per packets: 25
Variable in its leaf shape but characterised by its long stalked sticky, very glandular leaves, smelling strongly of turpentine and its numerous small flowers in groups shorter than the leaf below them.
Leaves variable in width, thick, warty and trifoliate or each leaflet further lobed or divided. Fragrant mauve or pink open waxy flowers occur singly or in pairs in spring.
Endemic to eastern Australia.
Prefers a light to medium soil in a partly shady position, frost resistant but drought tender.
Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 18-22°C
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Research has shown that many members of this genus to be responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.
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.