KINGIA australis

Grass Girl or Bullanock

SKU: N 11485
Stock: Out Of Stock

Family: Dasypogonacea
Characteristics: Tree-like monocot to 1.8 m

Seed per packet: Approx 10
Seed per gram: Approx. 40

$8.00 AUD Excl. GST

An outstanding specimen plant similar to Xanthorrhoea (Grass Tree) However, the flower stalks of Kingia australis are completely different from that of Xanthorrhoea species. Because of this, Kingia australis was for many years thought to be a female form of Xanthorrhoea. It is now known to be a single species, belonging to the family Dasypogonaceae.

Typically, a single unbranched truck with narrow grass-like leaves that are arching. The mature flower stalks are completely different from Xanthorrhoea in that they are on numerous shorter stalks with green, and yellow rounded heads when in flower during the flowering season of July to August.

Prefers light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought, and frost resistant.

Grow notes:

Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of 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.

Kingia typically germinates readily from seed with no special pre-treatment but research has shown they are responsive to smoke treatment.

  1. Sow seed on the surface of a porous seed-raising mix and cover to a depth of 2 mm. Do not bury the seed deeply.
  2. Water with a fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  3. Place in a warm shaded or semi-shaded position to avoid dying out.
  4. Keep warm & moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  5. Germination generally occurs in around 10-28 days in the right condition.

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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