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OLEARIA axillaris

Coastal Dune Daisy

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Family: Asteraceae

Characteristics: Small shrub 50 cm to 3 m

Seeds per packet: Approx 50

An extremely hardy erect branching shrub with dense grey-white foliage. The attractive foliage are fragrant when crushed and was known by early settlers as wild Rosemary who used it as a herb.

Yellow-white-cream flowers occur from January to July or November to December in its native range.

Salt tolerant and suited to coastal exposure.

Endemic to much of the Western Australian coastal strip from Shark Bay in the north through the southern coast extending into South Australia.

Prefers a light to medium well-drained soil.

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 15-20°C

  1. Sow seed on surface of a porous seed raising mix. The seed will lodge in the the pores of the mix once watered.
  2. Sprinkle a very light covering of the seed raising mix over the seed if required to hold the seed in place. Do not bury seed deeply.
  3. Water with fine mist spray to avoid disturbance of the seed.
  4. Place in a warm shaded or semi shaded position to avoid dying out.
  5. Keep warm & moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 14-42 days in the right condition.

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.

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