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Characteristics: Shrub to 1 m spread 1m
Seeds per packet: 50
Darwinia diosmoides is a very hardy aromatic compact rounded shrub with grey-green soft foliage and cream to pink flowers occurring in clusters in spring and summer.
Grown equally for its aromatic perfume and it profusion of delicate flowers. An excellent aromatic hedging plant well suited for planting along pathways
Endemic to to south coat of Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Drought, frost and salt tolerant.
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 for this species.
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.