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DAVIESIA cordata

Bookleaf

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 60


Sale AUD $4.32 AUD $4.50

Family: Fabaceae
Characteristics: Shrub to 1-2 m spread 1-2 m

Seed per packet: Approx 15
Seed per gram:  Approx. 50 

An attractive shrub with an erect stem with slender branches, ovate or lanceolate leaves heart-shaped at the base 10 cm long. Yellow pea-shaped flowers suffused with red occurring in heads of 8-12 during spring and summer. The flowers and foliage are suitable for dried flower arrangements. It is excellent planted in a container or the garden. Easily grown from seed.

Endemic to Western Australia.

Prefers light to medium moist soil in a protected shaded position. Drought and frost tender.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C

Seeds germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating that is impervious to water. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed is best scarified by pre-treating with hot water first.

Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.

  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 seed 3-4mm deep.
  4. Place in a warm-shaded or semi-shaded position.
  5. Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. 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.

Image by Geoff Derrin CC BY-SA 4.0 Cropped and Resized

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