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Characteristics: Shrub 2 m spread 3 m
Seeds per packet: 10
An attractive shrub is very hardy with dark red pea shaped flowers 4 cm long occur in clusters during winter and early spring.
The shrub has a smooth stem with angular branches and an open textured crown, leathery oblong light green leaves 2.5 cm long.
A very hardy and well worth a place in the garden.
Endemic to Western Australia and South Australia.
Prefers a light alkaline well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought resistant but frost tender.
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. To assist in the uptake of moisture for germination to occur seed best scarified by pre-treating with hot water.
Hot water treatment is recommended for this species.
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.