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Characteristics: Small shrub 0.35 - 2.5 m
Seed per packet: Approx 20
A spreading evergreen shrub with small hairy leaves and bottlebrush-like orange flowers grouped in cluster of up to six are produced on growth tips during spring and much of summer.
Prune after flowering to promote branching.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position.
Endemic to the Eremaean Province and South-West Province of Western Australia.
This seed contain some chaff. The is small and is difficult to separate from the chaff without losing seed.
Seed and chaff should be sown together, this has no effect on germination
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 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.