Haemodorum spicatum 'Bloodroot' Seeds

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    Haemodorum spicatum 'Bloodroot' - 5x Seeds

    Haemodorum spicatum, commonly known as the bloodroot or black kangaroo paw, is a perennial plant native to Australia. It features dark red to black flower spikes and sword-shaped leaves. The plant thrives in full sun and well-drained soil, often found in sandy or rocky environments. Blooming in spring and summer, it is notable for its unique appearance and is used in native and ornamental gardens. Haemodorum spicatum also has traditional uses by Indigenous Australians, including for food and dye.

    Bush food use: Haemodorum spicatum, or bloodroot, is edible and has been traditionally used by Indigenous Australians. The underground parts, particularly the roots or tubers, are the edible portions of the plant. These roots can be roasted or baked, which helps to reduce their natural bitterness and makes them more palatable. The roasted roots were often used as a food source and can also be ground into a powder. Additionally, the plant's strong pigments were used as a natural dye.


    Seed Starting Method

    Haemodorum spicatum 'Bloodroot' seeds come in a range of sizes from very tiny to 5mm. As a general rule Haemodorum spicatum 'Bloodroot' should be sown to the depth of the seed. 

    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.  

    Smoke treatment recommended

    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 20-40 days at around 18-22°C.
    Hardiness Hardy and drought tolerant 
    Plant Spacing  N/A
    Plant Height .3-1 meter
    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 most native species.

    Research shows that many members of this species are responsive to pre-treatment of smoke, which mimics 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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