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Metalasia muricata (100 seeds)


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Metalasia muricata (Asteraceae) It is a greyish, rounded, sturdy shrub, 2-4 m tall. The leaves are alternate, needle-like, 6-18 mm long, scattered, sharp-tipped, green-grey and smooth or woolly. The honey-scented flowers vary in colour from common white to pink or purple. Full bloom is in winter in terminal clusters up to 60 mm diam. Sowing: Asteraceae seeds often germinate better in response to smoke treatment. Only mature, plump and fully formed seeds should be used. Smoke seed trays after sowing or soak seed in aqueous smoke extract for 24 hours. Sow seeds in a sandy, well drained soil. Sow seeds in autumn. Locality:  Kareedouw. Harvest: June 2023