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Characteristics: Perennial 150 cm spread 100 cm
Seed per packet: 20
At full bloom the terminal masses of star-shaped flowers almost hide the leaves from July to December. The 5 white petals are joined at the base by 5 tapered red sepals which form a cup and remain after the petals drop.
The slender, finely-toothed leaves are 4-8 mm long, triangular in section and point upwards along the stem.
Calytrix tetragona is a bushy shrub growing 1.5-2m high in a large range of habitats from heath to scrubland, mainly on sandy soils.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Very hardy, drought and frost resistant.
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 will 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.