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Characteristics: Spreading shrub 20 cm to 1.2 m
Seeds per packet: Approx 15
An attractive spreading shrub to 1.2m high with blue-white occurring mid winter to summer, in cooler regions later flowering can be expected.
Scaevola makes useful garden plants and are especially useful in coastal regions where the thick fleshy leaves are able to withstand constant sand and salt spray. A very useful plant for regeneration of coastal dunes.
In the natural environment, plants found in protected positions can reach around 1 metres in height, in more exposed positions are much lower growing spreading plant.
Found widely in coastal areas of Western Australia from Geraldton to Esperance.
Adaptable to most well-drained soils in an open sunny position. Tolerates full coastal exposure.
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 18-24°C
Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke:
Many members of this genus are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke. Although germination may occur without smoke treatment it has proved to be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates in many 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.