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Characteristics: Small shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: Approx 200
A small bottlebrush to 2 m high with deep red flowers occurring in spring. The flowering is prolific and the shrub is both drought and frost tolerant. Easy to grow and a must for any garden.
Native to the states of South Australia and Victoria.
Prefers a light to heavy soil in a protected moist position.
Note: A paper by Lyn Craven of the Australian National Herbarium in 2006 argues that the differences between the genera Callistemon and Melaleuca are insufficient to warrant them being retained separately and that they should be combined. As Melaleuca has precedence some Australian state herbaria use the name Melaleuca rugulosus.
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.