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  • Chasmanthe
    • floribunda   CAG02923
      Height1.5m
      Width60cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightSun
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Like a Watsonia on roids.
      Bold lush clumps of bright green, sword-like leaves support slightly wayward, planar spikes of tubular, burnt orange, bird pollinated flowers on slender dark stems, perfect for the vase or the drought loving tropical style garden. Cormous and summer deciduous. From south western Africa.

      Not weedy as are some of the Watsonia, with which it is often confused, though it does self sow and seems to be more fond of drier conditions.
      Easily grown in any well drained sunny soil, during its summer dormancy irrigation is unnecessary and may even be of detriment (I've never tried watering it).

  • Cyrtanthus
    • brachyscyphus   CAG00880

      (Dobo lily)
      Height30cm
      Width30cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterM
      LightLight Shade
      Cyrtanthus brachyscyphus
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      Clusters of tubular, coral coloured flowers serenely nod on smooth stems over loose clumps of arching, strappy leaves from semi exposed fleshy bulbs. One of the finest pot specimens, without need of frequent repotting, or scatter clumps through low ground cover, Viola hederacea or Glechoma hederacea would fit the bill, in sheltered sites for uncluttered elegance yet spring panache.

      From the eastern Cape of South Africa and easily grown in any none too heavy soil with regular summer water, though a dry period won't kill it, where it may even gently self sow. Mostly evergreen in Perth but likely to be winter deciduous in areas much colder.

  • Dimorphotheca
    • sinuata   CAG02862

      (African daisy)
      Height30cm
      Width20cm
      Flowering SeasonSpring
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      An easy to grow, very showy, winter annual from our geographically disparate climate cousin Namaqualand. Dark eyed, soft orange to apricot daisy flowers are copiously produced above leafy clumps of light silvery green, narrowly lobed leaves.

      Well adapted to poor sandy soil but happy in anything that is not too wet. In autumn or early winter scratch in or lightly cover seeds where they are to grow in as sunny position as possible and where they will hopefully reseed for coming years. Add an Ostrich or an Oryx or two for extra realism.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds.

  • Eschscholzia
    • californica   CAG00241

      (Calfornian poppy)
      Height30cm
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterL
      LightFull Sun
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      The satiny, orange, 10cm, poppy flowers of this short lived perennial from western North America are borne in great abundance through spring and early summer over mounds of lacy, fern-like, glaucous leaves. One of the most popular annuals of all time, in our better suited climate it is more reliably perennial.

      Drought hardy and self seeding it can be naturalised in any well drained, exposed and sunny position.

      Shade and/or summer water will led to premature demise.

      Scratch seeds into bare soil where they are to grow in autumn or winter.

      Each pack contains 50+ seeds at the very least.

  • Habranthus
    • tubispathus ‘Cupreus’   CAG02137
      Height20cm
      Width5cm
      Flowering SeasonAll
      WaterM
      LightSun - L. Sh.
      Habranthus tubispathus ‘Cupreus’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A diminutive, albeit charming, bulb whose coppery goblets pop up randomly through the year, with or without their accompanying grassy leaves, most often just a few days after rain.

      Exceedingly easy to grow it has adapted to be predominantly winter growing here though in habitat around the Gulf of Mexico as well Argentina and Uruguay I would expect it to grow more in summer to coincide with rainfall. It should perform well, at least in a pot, from Albany to Townsville.

      Tolerant, maybe even fond, of short periods of drought and flood though freezing is likely bad. An excellent pot subject small and demure enough to be a companion to larger potted celebrities.

      Slow to vegatively increase but self sowing in good conditions and then after a few years can make quite a spectacle in mass flower.

  • Kniphofia

    (Red hot poker, Torch Lily)
    Xanthorrhoeaceae

    Stunning plants with flower heads almost always of strong vertical form and in uncommon colourings. A staple of the garden design palette they are versatile and dependable in well drained soil, either in mass plantings, perhaps in an array of colours, and exceptional when combined with other flowers of simple form eg. Achillea, Echinops. At their best when sited so later season performers obscure their grass-like foliage which can become untidy after flowering and tending to burn in too dry heat.

    Though wild plants are predominantly from seasonally moist habitats in the summer rainfall regions of southern Africa they do survive periods of dryness well thanks to a fleshy root system but they will, with some exception, require a degree of summer moisture to perform and flower in our climate.
    • ‘Orange Queen’   CAG00873
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Su
      WaterM - H
      LightSun
      Kniphofia ‘Orange Queen’
      for $7.00earn 35 points

      A tall variety with large vertical heads of rich orange flowers on sturdy stems from erect clumps of slightly glaucous, dark green, keeled, succulent and grass-like leaves.

      A reliable flowerer and among the latest to bloom with neater, darker foliage than many.

      For any reasonably well drained summer moist soil.

  • Oxalis
  • Tithonia
    • rotundifolia   CAG00957

      (Mexican sunflower)
      Height2m
      Width1m
      Flowering SeasonSu - Au
      WaterM - H
      LightSun
      Tithonia rotundifolia
      for $3.00earn 15 points
      SEEDS

      A quick growing summer annual from Central America, bearing all summer, large, luminous orange, yellow centred, daisy-like flowers with velour stems that are perfect for picking. Robust and shrubby under ideal conditions, clothed with large, softly hairy, three lobed leaves.

      An exceptional annual, once seen, never forgotten, unlike graceless dwarf varieties developed for regions with too short a summer. Plenty of additional water and a well drained, rich soil, is usually required for maximum magnificence. An attractive alternative, or compliment, to summer vegetables in the veggie garden.

      May self sow but it's best too collect some seed as insurance for the following year.

      Plant individually, 5mm deep, where they are to grow in spring, after any danger of frost, or start singly in pots, making sure to plant them out before they are too large, two or three pairs of true leaves is about right.

      Each pack contains a garden spectacle of 50+ seeds.

  • Aloe
  • Asclepias
    • curassavica   CAG00719

      (Mexican butterfly weed, Blood flower)
      Height1m
      Width40cm
      Flowering SeasonSp - Au
      WaterM - L
      LightSun
      Asclepias curassavica
      CURRENTLY UNAVAILABLE

      A butterfly attracting, hardy, upright, evergreen sub-shrub from South America. Small, deep orange, and yellow flowers, are borne from spring through to autumn, in flat clusters, atop the vertical, red tinted stems, clothed in alternating pairs, of narrow, lance shaped leaves. These are followed by erect, bean-like seed pods, filled with tufts, of silky fibres, to which the seeds are attached.
      A cheery plant for tucking into odd spots here and there, which it should do itself, by seeding.
      Removal of dead stems is all the maintenance necessary.

      Broken parts produce a toxic, milky sap, hence the common name of milkweed. Don't let this prevent you from growing such rewarding, easy care plants.

      In the nursery we value our Asclepias as they play host to Yellow Aphids and their complimentary predators, Lacewings, Aphidius wasps and several species of Ladybird. They are also the larval food plant of the Monarch, and Lesser wanderer butterflies. We sell the plants with caterpillars, aphids and predators in attendance. Excess aphids are easily smooshed with fingers or all can be nuked with a shot of pyrethrum to the detriment of both your garden and karma.

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