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Silky Leaved Blood Flower
Characteristics: Small shrub 1.5 m spread 1 m
Seed per packet: Aprox. 30
An erect to open shrub with silky pine like leaves, flowers over a long period with bright-red claw-like flowers.
The flowers have four claws but the bottom two claws are narrow and are held much lower than the upper two and contain nectar that is attractive to honey eating birds.
Calothamnus is a genus of more than 40 species, all of which are found in south Western Australia.
Prefers a light alkaline well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Very hardy, 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
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.