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Characteristics: Shrub typically 80cm with similar spread
Seed per packet: 20
A striking Verticordia with dense heads of white-cream flowers which begin winter to early spring and finish mid-summer.
Typically around 80 cm in height but can be variable from 30 cm to 1.3 metres depending on the conditions. Prune after flowering to maintain shape.
Endemic to Western Australia.
Prefers a gravelly well-drained soil in an open sunny position. Drought and frost resistant.
Photo cerdit Murray Fagg CC 3.0
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 15-23°C
Pre-treatment of smoke: Not considered critical for this species although it may increase germination rates.
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 of this genus.
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.