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Corked Barked Myrtle
Characteristics: Shrub 50 cm spread 1 m
Seed per packet: 50
An unusual small shrub that flowers profusely along old leafless branches. It seldom reaches a metre in height and is usually half that size, but spreads ungainly with several spreading twisted branches with small leaves near their tips. Mauve flowers occur in dense clusters embedded in the bark which encircle the bare branches below the foliage from spring to summer. This presents not only a spectacular floral display, but a most unusual structure with the flowers being embedded in the corky bark along the branches.
Endemic to the south coast of Western Australia from Albany to Esperance.
Prefers an acid clay soil in an open sunny position, frost resistant but drought tender.
Seed is generally best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C
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, natives 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.