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Old Mans Beard
Characteristics: Deciduous vine 2 m
Seeds per packet: 25
A vigorous twining, flexible twisted vine with green broad mottled leaves 7.5 cm long which are oval to heart shaped.
Four petalled star shaped flowers occur in spring flowed by fluffy fruits occurring in dense heads.
Indigenous to New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia.
Prefers a light to medium soil in a moist protected partially shaded position. Drought and frost tender.
Seed is usually best sown in spring or autumn in temperate climates, avoid the coldest and hottest months of the year. The optimum germination temperature for germination of this genus is around 21-24°C for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Research has shown that many members of this genus to be responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.
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.