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Beaufortia aestiva 'Northern Heath Flamethrower' Seeds

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Beaufortia aestiva 'Northern Heath Flamethrower' - 10x Seeds

A highly adaptable and hardy ornamental foliage plant featuring red/orange flowers. Plant singly for contrast as a background plant in wider verges, nature strips and streetscapes or grouped as an informal hedge or barrier. Suitable for parks, reserves, wider roadside plantings.

An erect or medium spreading shrub from 1.5 to 3 metres high with concave, rounded foliage about 5 mm in diameter. The red/orange and green, bottlebrush-shaped flowers appear in late winter and spring. This species is a very attractive garden plant for climates with low-mid level summer humidity.

It is a dense, usually rounded shrub with small leaves and which bears orange or red flowers in bottlebrush-like spikes near the ends

Prefers well-drained soils.

Used to be known as Beaufortia squarrosa until this species was split in two by taxonomists. B. aestiva has a more northerly distribution, but very similar characteristics to B. squarrosa.

Seed Starting Method

Beaufortia seeds are very fine. As a general rule. fine seed should be sown on the surface of a porous seed starting mix and not buried. Cover with a very light sprinkling of soil. 

Although most Australian native/ endemic seed can be sown throughout the seasons across Australia it is advisable to sow in Spring or Summer in colder regions. The optimum temperate to ensure the best possible germination rate for sowing many Australian native/ endemic species is around 18-22°C.  

Sowing Depth


See above.
The seed will lodge in the pores of your seed starting mix once misted with water.

Growing Season


Spring & Autumn
Place in a warm sunny position and keep moist to avoid drying out.

Germination Time 14-42 days at around 18-22°C.
Hardiness Hardy 
Plant Spacing  N/A
Plant Height  1m high and upto 2m wide.
Planting Position Partial or full sun
Days Until Maturity  N/A
Growing tips

Seeds of many native/endemic species require specific conditions that mimic their natural habitat or specially formulated seed treatments, to break dormancy. 

Do not be to quick to discard pots that haven't yet shown signs of seed germination. Seeds will often lay dormant until conditions are optimal and will produce amazing results, long after they have been forgotten.

Pre-treatment of smoke is recommended for this species.

Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimocs an Australian bushfire. Although germination will may occur without smoke treatment it has proved be beneficial in reducing the number of days to germination and increasing germination rates of this species.

Smoke treatments are simple and can be undertaken by applying to the surface after sowing.

Click this link to view our seed starting treatments specially designed for Australian Natives


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