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Characteristics: Shrub 30-70 cm
Seeds per packet: appr 100
A dwarf shrub with silver foliage and yellow button head flowers occurring in late Spring and Summer.
The silver foliage reflects light at night and is excellent for defining path edges. it also provides a contrast to other plants in your garden.
Excellent ability to withstand the full onslaught of wind and salt spray making it a very useful plant for coastal areas.
Adaptable to a wide range of well-drained soil types in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant, tolerant to salt spray and coastal condition, dislikes hot humid conditions.
Endemic to almost all the Southern coastline of Australia and Tasmania.
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
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.