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Characteristics: Perennial herb 15-75cm high
Seeds per packet: approximately 20-30 seeds
A tufted perenial with long thin lanceolate leaves 12-30 cm long and 2-4mm wide. Attractive rose pink to mauveflowers occur from September to November.
Endemic to the southern corner of Western Australia.
Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position, drought 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
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke:
Many members of this genus are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will often occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many species.
Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken either by soaking the seed overnight or by applying to the surface after sowing, both provide good results. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
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.