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PULTENAEA subspicata

Low Bush Pea

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 370


AUD $4.80

Family: Fabaceae
Sub-family: Faboideae
Characteristics: Prostrate, mat-forming shrub to 60cm

Seed per packet: Approx. Approx. 100
Seed per gram: Approx. 480

An elegant prostrate mat-forming shrub to 60cm produces a prolific floral display of red and yellow pea-shaped flowers that occur in dense terminal clusters from August to January.
The leaves are elliptic to egg-shaped with a narrower end towards the base.
Well suited as a ground cover in native landscaping.

Occurs naturally in the southeastern states of Southern Australia. 
Prefers light well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought, and frost-resistant.

Grow notes:

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 18-22°C.

Seed germinates readily, however they do have a hard outer coating that is impervious to water and generally germination will normally not occur unless the seed is scarified by abrading or pre-treated with boiling water first.

  1. Place the seed in a container and pour in just-boiled water and allow to soak overnight.
  2. The swollen seed can then be sown, re-treat seeds that have not swollen.
  3. Sow the depth of seed size
  4. Keep warm & moist but not too wet.
  5. Germination should occur in 10-21 days @ 18-22C.

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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