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TRACHYMENE coerulea

Rottnest Island Daisy Blue

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$3.50

Family: Acanthaceae

Characteristics: Annual 60 cm

Seeds per packet: 30

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Bright purple, pincushion like flowers on long stems cover this attractive low growing plants found on Rottnest Island but also in mainland Western Australia.

Trachymene is easily raised for use in garden beds, containers and native areas.

Adaptable to most well-drained garden soils but prefers a light to medium well-drained, well-composted soils in an open sunny position.

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

  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 very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. 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 should occur in 18-21 days depending on the temperature and 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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