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Characteristics: Shrub 4 m spread 2 m
Seeds per packet: 5
A silvery grey-leaved rounded shrub that grows 4 m in height. The simple elliptic leaves are covered with dense grey hairs. Yellow rounded flower heads are 80-100 mm across. Each flower is tube-like in appearance and made up of velvety floral perianth segments on which the anthers are placed. These surround the long style which escapes from the tube to form the "Pin" and the perianths then curl away from it. The new flowers start life curved, folding back toward the stem as they grow.
Native to South Africa. Prefers light to medium well-drained soil in a protected sunny position, drought tolerant frost tender.
The best time to sow is usually autumn or spring when the temperature range is between 16-22°C and there is difference of day and night temperatures of around 12°C.
If your summer is hot and dry and your winter is moderate and wet the best time to sow is autumn.
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 either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.