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PTILOTUS obovatus


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Family: Amaranthaceae

Characteristics: Perennial 60 cm spread 100 cm

Seeds per packet: 10 seeds with fluff included


A small shrub typically growing to around 60 cm high 100 cm wide with small woolly, round, grey leaves to 4 cm long.

Attractive rounded feathery flower heads of grey and pink occur in winter and spring on stems that are suitable as cut flowers. A hardy plant in most situations including containers.

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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