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Characteristics: Annual to 30cm with a similar spread
Seeds per packet: 15
A small shrub that commonly around 20-30cm with and abundance of bright blue flowers from July to December
Commonly grown in the garden and makes a good feature plant for rockeries. Hardy annual that require little attention.
One of the better known West Australian wildflowers that can often be seen growing at the roadsides during the winter months.
Endemic to the South-West Province of Western Australia
Prefers a light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 18-22°C
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 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.