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The Catherine Wheel Pincushion produces a large inflorescence of many flowers, forming an orange flower head around 15 cm in diameter. As the flower head ages, it changes colour from orange to copper. This species is quick-growing and has hairy foliage that becomes leathery as it matures. The plant flowers are from spring to early summer, (September to December)
It usually takes three years for the plants to mature and start flowering.
Prefers light to medium well-drained soil and should be protected in a sunny position. It is drought-tolerant but is susceptible to frost.
Red List of South African Plants: Endangered
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C, and there is a difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summers are hot and dry and winter is moderate and wet, autumn is the best time to sow.
In colder climates with less harsh summers, it is usually better to sow in spring.
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended:
Members of the Proteaceae are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment, it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species of the Proteaceae family.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by soaking the seed overnight or applying it to the surface after sowing; both provide good results. Smoke treatments are available by clicking here.
If you are uncertain about the requirements for importing seeds into your country, do not hesitate to contact our Export Manager at Australian Seed.
Being a registered Export Establishment, we can provide a full export service from obtaining a Phytosanitary certificate (if required) to delivering your parcel to the transport company of your choice.
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