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Twisted Parrot Pea, Egg and Bacon Pea or Heathy Parrot Pea
Characteristics: Shrub to 2 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 25
A small ornamental shrub in the pea family with elongated spirally twisted leaves and very pronounced yellow and red flowers that occur in clusters during late winter and early spring.
Well suited to sandy coastal areas and would make a good plant for coastal gardens.
Occurs naturally in Victoria, New South Wale and Queensland.
Prefers a light 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.
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.
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.