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Threatened (Declared Rare Flora)
Southern Cross Mallee or Silver mallee
SKU Code: N 412-100g
Characteristics: Small tree or Mallee 2-7 m
Seed per packet: Approx. 15
Seed per gram: Approx. 90
An attractive small malle with silvery foliage produces creamy yellow flowers that occur in groups of 7 and are followed by attractive gum nuts.
This species has a unique bark which is a rich coppery red colour on the lower trunk. Smaller branches, buds and stems offer a powdery white bark, and rounded leaves of silvery blue foliage shaped somewhat like a heart.
Occurs naturally in the IBRA regions of the Avon Wheatbelt and Coolgardie in Western Australia.
Conservation code: T: Threatened (Declared Rare Flora) in Western Australia.
Prefers well-drained soil in an open sunny position.
Eucalypts germinate readily from seed and are generally considered one of the easiest natives to grow from seed.
Depending on the species Eucalyptus seed comes in various sizes from very fine to several millimetres long. As a rule of thumb seed that is fine should be sown on the surface of a porous mix and not buried. Seeds 1 to 2 mm in diameter can be covered very lightly and seeds from 2 mm up can be sown to a depth of the seed width.
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
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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