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  • Acacia
    • aphylla   CAG02510

      (Leafless rock wattle)

      Appearing more like a succulent from exotic climes than a threatened native of the Perth hills. Vertical stems divide into many powdery blue tapering twigs that knit together to form a vase shaped shrub, studded in spring with small, yellow, spherical, powder puff flowers. As its common name suggests it is entirely without leaves though young seedlings briefly bear a few.

      Easy and fast growing in well drained poor soil. Summer irrigation is unnecessary but tolerated. Try surrounding it with a sea of the orange coloured sedge Carex testacea and add a few brightly coloured succulents to imitate a coral reef.

      Responds well to hard pruning when it accumulates too much old growth and starts to loose its charm.

  • Hakea
    • victoria   CAG02506

      (Royal Hakea)
      Hakea victoria

      One of the worlds most unique and amazing plants, fittingly named to honour a queen and native to sandplains on our own southern coast.

      Broad, leathery, prickly edged leaves (scratchy rather than dangerous) hug the vertical branches and borne among them during spring are creamy white pincushion like flowers, followed by woody fruit. The true spectacle however is that upon flowering all the leaves flush with amazing shades of red, yellow and orange with the whole plant appearing like a gaudy artists impression of some long lost prehistoric life form.

      Low summer humidity and poor sandy soil are likely to bring out the best colouration and most likely chance of survival. Not suitable for the east coast but a possibility perhaps in drier, less humid, inland areas.

      It does have a reputation for being challenging to grow. I suspect largely due, as is so often the case, to overwatering and too rich a soil. As young plants they have been vigorous and perfectly heat tolerant in the nursery and would appear to have the utmost chance of success.

      Offered here so that you may experiment too. Report back with results.

  • Kennedia
  • Poa
    • poiformis West coast   CAG02515

      (Coast tussock grass)
      Poa poiformis West coast

      Native to sand dunes and plains along the coastal strip from Geraldton to Esperance this very fine leaved, bright green, semi-erect, tussock forming grass lends a naturalistic air to any garden and makes an excellent counterpoint to hard surfaces. Dense, slender, tawny panicles add a little height and further interest in spring and are preferably left all summer long for extra naturalism.

      Remove spent flowerheads and leaves as you see fit, cutting back entirely may leave unsightly stubble highly visible unless foreground plants are used to disguise it. Better to replace tired plants with self sown seedlings.

      For any poor, sunny, well drained, preferably sandy soil. Volunteer seedlings are easily removed.

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