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MELALEUCA violacea

Violet Paperbark

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$3.80

Family: Myrtaceae

Subfamily: Myrtoideae

Characteristics: Shrub 1.5 m spread 1.5 m

Seed per packet: Approx 200

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Small shrub with an unusual flat top, branches are usually horizontal and layered which gives plants their flat topped appearance. The bark is papery and sometimes corky.
The oval to heart shaped leaves are pale green to greyish-green. Profuse violet or purple flowers occur in clusters on terminal globular heads on short lateral branches appearing from September to December.

Endemic to the south coast of southwest Western Australia.

Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.

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

  1. Sow on surface of the growing mix.
  2. Press lightly into surface. Do not bury the seed.
  3. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  4. Germination generally occurs in around 14-28 days in the right condition.

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.

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