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Characteristics: Annual 0.6-2 metre
Seed per packet: Approx 100
An aromatic shrub to 2 m in height with attractive yellow feathery flowers occur heads in dense groups of 15-150 heads at the ends of the stems mainly during spring.
Leaves are slightly fleshy and alternating along the stems divided into linear or threadlike segments to 6 cm long and less than 2 mm wide.
Occurs naturally in South Australia and Western New South Wales.
Prefers a well-drained light to medium soil in an open sunny position, drought and frost tolerant.
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 18-22°C for this species.
Pre-treatment of smoke recommended.
This species is said to be responsive to smoke, although it may not be critical for germination of this species it usually beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates. Smoke treatments available by clicking here.
General note: Seeds of many plant species 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.