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Northern Star Wattle, Poverty Bush or Glistening Wattle
Characteristics: Low dense shrub 1 m
Seeds per packets: Approx 20
A hardy spreading low dense shrub with attractive small rounded pyhllodes (leaves), flowers and seed pods. Golden yellow clusters of ball shaped flowers occur during the months of October to May in its native range.
Formally know as Acacia translucens.
Occurring naturally in the Eremaean Province and Northern Province of Western Australian extending into the northern Territory.
Adaptable to most 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.
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.