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CLIANTHUS puniceus

Parrot Beak or Kaka Kaka
Critically endangered in the wild

Stock: Available

Product Code: F 445

$8.00

Family: Fabaceae

Characteristics: Evergreen climbing shurb 2m spread 2m

Seeds per packets: Approx. 10
Seed per gram: Approx 80

A climbing evergreen shrub from legume (pea) family Parrot's Beak produces a profusion of spectacular brilliant pendulous red flowers 7.5cm (3”) long that resemble a parrot’s beak throughout spring.

Native to New Zealand. Critically endangered in the wild, known only on Moturemu Island in the Kaipara Harbour.

Easily to grown from seed. Adaptable to most free draining garden soils in an open sunny position.

Grow notes:

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 15-20°C.

Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just hot water and allow to soak for 30 seconds.
  2. Remove seed to tepid water and soak overnight.
  3. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  4. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  5. Germination should occur in 14-28 days @ 15-20C.

General note: Seeds of many plants 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.

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