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Mop Bush Pea
Other common names: Mop Head
Characteristics: Small usually prostrate shrub 60 cm
Seeds per packets: 20
A small usually prostrate shrub up to 60 cm high. Leaves are very hairy to almost glabrous 5-8 mm long. Individual yellow/orange/red flowers 10 mm across occur in tight heads 3-4 cm across from July to December in its native range.
Urodon is a small genus from the family Fabaceae native to South-western Australia and a area in the mid-west.
Prefers a free draining sandy or gravelly soils. Drought tolerant 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 18-24°C
Seed germinate readily, however they do have a hard outer coating which is impervious to water. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed best scarified by pre-treating with hot water briefly for 30 seconds prior to sowing.
Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.
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.