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RHODANTHE manglesii - Pink Sunray

Everlasting or Paper Daisy

Stock: Available

SKU Code: N 193.


$5.25

Family: Asteraceae
Characteristics: Annual 20-60 cm

Seed per packet: Approx. 75
Seed per gram: Approx 380-400

Australian native everlasting that is slender in habit with heart-shaped leaves. Attractive Rose-Pink coloured papery flower heads that appear mainly in winter and spring in their native range but sporadic flowering can occur at other times.

A popular plant in cultivation for many years because of its very colourful display, especially in massed plantings. Will often germinate in the garden from seeds produced from the previous season's plantings.

Endemic to South Western Australia extending into South Australia.

Prefers well-drained soil in an open sunny position.

Grow notes:

In temperate areas of Australia, it is best to sow from the first winter rains through to late winter. The flower will continue until the rains stop and it becomes too hot and dry.

If sowing directly into the ground sow on the surface and rake very lightly, it is not critical to cover all the seed. The seed should germinate 7-14 days after the first rains.

If sowing in containers:

  1. Sow seed on the surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed, it is not critical to cover all the seed. Do not bury the 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 moist, and avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 7-14 days in the right conditions

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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