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Gardening with Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use
Identification & Control of Common Weeds
Botanical Name:Viminaria juncea
3 synonyms:   Daviesia juncea , Pultenaea juncea , Sophora juncea
Common Name:golden spray , native broom , swishbush
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Plant
Type(s):
Tall Shrub (2 to 6 m)
Growing
Conditions:
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Moist, Wet, Boggy, Poorly Drained
Size
(HxW):
2.5-5 m x 2 m
Foliage:Long flexible needle-like branchlets to 30cm long
Flowers:Long drooping sprays of yellow-orange pea flowers from October to February
General
Comments:

Fast growing plant for moist areas. Useful beside pools and wet areas where it provides a brilliant display in flower. Weeping form enhances pond background. Adaptable to drier conditions if it receives summer watering. Adaptable to a range of situations, including poorly drained soils. Tolerates salt & lime.

A fast-growing slender erect shrub with pendulous branches. A hardy shrub which is most attractive when in flower which draws attention to its graceful weeping habit. Can be short lived.

Native broom is a fast-growing plant in the garden, but can lose vigor once about 5 or 10 years old. It prefers an acidic to neutral soil with ample moisture and is hardy to temperatures of −4 °C. Plants grown from seed are sturdier than cutting-grown specimens.



Further
Information:
  1. Whitehorse Council
  2. Yarra Ranges Council (Victora, close to us)
  3. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA, technical, good photos)
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia)
  5. Australian National Botanic Garden
  6. iNaturalist
  7. Royal Botanic Gardens (Kew UK, technical)
Plant
Propagation:

Seed sets in plenty, one small bean per pod, and this is an easy means of propagation.

Seed requires pre-treatment.  Pour boiling water over seed and let soak 24 hours.  Sow into propagating containers in seed raising mix 3:1 Perlite:Peat and lightly covered.  They should be keep moist in a warm well it area out of direct sunlight.  Drench seed with a fungicide to prevent "damping off".



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