PTILOTUS axillaris

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Mat Mulla Mulla

Family: Amaranthaceae

Characteristics: Prostrate annual herb to 12cm spread 100 cm

Seeds per packet: 30

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A small prostrate shrub that grows to around 12 cm high 100 cm wide with small woolly, round, grey leaves to 4 cm long.

Rounded feathery flower heads of grey and pink on stems occur in winter and spring. Suitable for use a a annual ground-cover or can be grow in hanging baskets and pots where it will  cascade.

Endemic to the drier regions of Western Australia.

Adaptable to most soil types but prefers an open sunny position, drought and frost resistant.

Although seed can be sown most of the year in 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 18-22°C for this species.

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-42 days in the right condition.

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.

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