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CULLEN australasicum

Native Scurf Pea

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Family: Fabaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 1.5 m

Seeds per packet: 30

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Aside from the ornamental value the native Scurf Pea is also used as pasture for livestock being relatively high in nutritive value with leaves comparable to lucerne pasture.

An axillary raceme of flowers in groups of three, initially condensed and becoming widely spaced 5-30cm long.

Prefers a loam to clay soil, well suited to heavy textured soil. Drought resistant but frost tender when young.

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.

Seed 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 boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed keep warm & moist but not wet.
  4. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 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.

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