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XEROCHRYSUM viscosum Golden fls

Sticky Everlasting

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Family: Asteraceae

Characteristics: Perennial or annual 80 cm

Seed per packet: 50

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A perennial herb with multiple stems that is often grown as an annual and can vary in habit from 30-80 cm in height and 30-80 cm in width. The leaves are usually bright green linear or elliptic 3-10 cm long and 2-10 mm wide.

Bright golden yellow flowers heads consisting of large papery bracts occur druing spring and summer. Quick growing.

Occurring in south eastern Australia including Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, ACT and Tasmania.

Prefers a well-drained soil in an open sunny position, drought tolerant and moderately frost resistant.

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.

If sowing directly into the ground sow on the surface and rake very lightly, it is not critical to cover all the seed. Seed should germinate 7-14 days with sufficient moisture.

If sowing in containers:

  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, it is not critical to cover all the seed. 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 moist, avoid drying out or waterlogging the growing mix.
  6. Germination generally occurs in around 7-14 days in the right conditions

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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