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Dense Claw Flower
Characteristics: Small shrub 60 cm spread 60 cm
Seed per packet: 50
A small rounded shrub with an erect stem and spreading branches, leaves are short needle like 2.5 cm long. Red flowers arranged in 4 fringes on a flat stalk which contain nectar and are attractive to honey eating birds. Flowers occur between July and January in its native range.
Endemic to the south of Western Australia between Albany and Esperance.
Prefers a lightly sandy soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
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 18-22°C
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.