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Rice Flower, Rose Banjine or Pink Banjine
Characteristics: Shrub 0.3-1 metre
Seeds per packet: Approx 20
A very popular small garden shrub due to its prolific flowering and long flowering season.
Light green foliage with masses of rich pink flowers that occur profusely in spring.
An extremely hardy shrub that has good tolerance of coastal exposure.
Occurs naturally in the Southwest Province of Western Australia ranging from the Geraldton sand plains to east of Albany.
Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tolerant.
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 15-23°C
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke.
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.