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PTILOTUS polakii

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Gascoyne Mulla Mulla

Family: Amaranthaceae

Characteristics: Perennial shrub to 1 metre

Seeds per packet: Approx 25

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An attractive spreading shrub to 1 metres with pink/purple white flowers that occur from July to November in its native range.

The wonderful feathery flower heads are suitable for use as cut flowers. Well suited to hot dry conditions this hardy plant is also suited to most situations including containers.

Endemic to the drier regions of Western Australia including Carnarvon, Gascoyne, Geraldton Sandplains, Murchison and Yalgoo.

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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