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DIPLOLAENA dampieri

Feather Duster

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Family: Rutaceae

Characteristics: Shrub 1.5 m spread 1 m

Seed per packet: 15

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A small dense shrub with interesting and unique orange flowers that are displayed on the branch tips occur in late winter and spring.

Aromatic long oblong leaves that are a dark olive green above. The underside of the leaves as well as the stems, new leaf and flower buds are densely covered with white hairs.

Endemic to the south west coastal region of Western Australia.

Prefers a light soil in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant and salt tolerant.

Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 22-25°C for this species.

Pre-treatment of smoke is not critical for this species but research has shown it may 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.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 30-60 days in the right conditions.

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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