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Characteristics: Annual or bienninal 30 cm spread 20 cm
Seed per packet: 20
Brunonia australis is a very ornamental species 30 cm high silky hairy herb, commonly known as Blue Pincushion. Many crowded flowers give the pincushion effect.
Mid to deep blue flowers are usually seen in spring but may also occur sporadically, extending through to autumn.
Native to all states and Territories.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny or part shade position, drought and frost resistant.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
Pre-treatment of smoke is not considered critical for this species but some reserch has shown it may be beneficial.
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.