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Flat Leaf Wattle or Clay Wattle
Characteristics: Prostate to erect shrub 30cm to 1.2m high spread 2m
Seeds per packets: 15
An unusual and attractive spreading shrub that varies in form spreading prostrate or semi prostrate 30 cm tall to a erect shrub 1.2 m high. with unique flat foliage.
The yellow globular flowers occur on individual short stems close to and along the unique flat foliage from late winter to early summer.
Prune after flowering to remove any dead or dying wood.
Prefers a well-drained soil in a sunny position. Frost hardy 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.