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Emu Foot or Tough Scurf-pea
Characteristics: Perennial herb 50 cm
Seeds per packet: Approx. 15
An attractive slender often trailing native pea with fan-shaped leaves on long stalks hence the common name "Emu foot"
Spikes of bluish or mauve-purple pea flowers occur form August to March and followed by black wrinkled shiny seed pods.
Occurs naturally in Vitoria, South Australia and New South Wales.
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.
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.
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.