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Hop Mulga or Broad-leaved Mulga
Characteristics: Dense rounded shrub -1-2.5m
Seeds per packets: 10
A dense rounded shrub that displays short golden flower spikes from March to October in its native range. Flowers generally occur in spring or various other times of the year in less harsh conditions.
Broadly elliptical grey phyllodes (leaves) around 2 cm long.
An extremely hardy Acacia that will cope with extreme conditions.
Prefers a light well drained soil in an open sunny postion. Drought and frost tolerant to -7 C
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.
Acacia seeds germinate 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.