Another iconic Australian wildflower, originating from the deserts of Western Australia and the Northern Territory. Its distinctive elongated red flowers and piercing black eye make it a most sought after flower.
Plant them in a frost-free position with excellent drainage, either in a container or sandy garden bed.
|Growth Height — 1.2m|
|Flower Colour — Red|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
In warm areas sow in late winter to mid summer. In frost prone areas after danger of frost is over. Soak seeds in a cup of hot water. It is beneficial to add a small amount of Wildflower Seed Starter granules. Leave overnight then drain and sow the now swollen seeds. Leave any un-swollen seeds until they swell or lightly nick them with a sharp knife on the side opposite the eye, then soak until swollen. Using small pots (or peat pots) sow 2 or 3 seeds 6mm (¼in) deep in each pot. Keep moist. Place in a warm shaded position to germinate. When a seedling appears or a tap root appears at the base of the pot, set out in sunny position. Water in well and regularly until established. Water weekly in dry weather. Use light application of low phosphate organic fertiliser. Protect from snails and slugs.
Water in well and regularly until established. Water weekly in dry weather.