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A plant with long grass-like leaves and large purple flowers.
The leaves are different from other species of Patersonia in that they are not tufted from the base. Instead, the tufts arise from along the flower stalks which are up to 30 cm long with silky hairs along the margins near the bases.
The flowers range from blue to purple with 3 yellow stamens occurring during spring through to early summer.
When planted on mass in a moist position this plant provides a fantastic display of purple flowers in spring with the added bonus of attractive foliage all year round.
A useful plant in rockeries or for mass planting. Once established has good tolerance to cold. A good adaptable species that grows both semi-shade to full sun and in sandy or clay loam soils that are well-drained or poorly drained.
Occurs naturally in Queensland, New South Wales, and Victoria.
Although seed can be sown most of the year in many parts of Australia 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 15-23°C for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke:
Many members of this genus are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination may 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.
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 are 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.
Main photo credit John Tann CC-BY-2.0
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