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Characteristics: Shrub 2 m Spread 1.5 m
Seed per packet: 15
An attractive shrub found in the Karri forests of Western Australia.
An erect slender stem with alternate elliptical leaves 7.5 cm long. Deep blue pea shaped flowers occur in short clusters in the leaf axils in spring.
Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in 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.
Hovea seeds 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.
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.