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Leafless Globe Pea
Characteristics: Shrub 60 cm spread 100 cm
Seeds per packet: 20
Mostly growing to around 60 cm in an upright sedge-like habit with red and orange pea shaped flowers occuring on numerous spike from Ausgust to December followed by small rounded seed pods.
Indigenous to the coastal states in the southern half of Australia.
Prefers a light moist soil on 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, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination is around 18-22°C for this species.
Seed generally germinates readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which 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.
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.