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Silky Parrot Pea
Characteristics: Shrub to 1.2 m spread 1 m
Seeds per packet: 15
The silky parrot pea although not as commonly cultivated as is cousin the "Egg and bacon" plant is just as impressive when in flower.
Bright yellow orange flowers with yellow centres are borne in clusters in spring and summers, with the leaves only being small and narrow it makes a great show.
Native to the southern regions of Western Australia, South Australia and Victoria.
Prefers a light moist soil in an open semi shaded position. Drought, frost and salt tolerant.
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 for this species.
Seed 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.
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.