Cockies Tongues

Templetonia retusa

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Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

$1.25
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Cockies Tongues

Templetonia retusa


  • Shrub to 150cm
  • Australian Native


Perennial shrub to 150cm. Dense habit with bluey-green leaves and an abundance of red pea shaped flowers resembling a cockatoo's tongue. This hardy Western Australian native plant is tolerant of coastal locations, windy sites, drought and poor soils. Flowers in winter and early spring. Loves dry warm climates, full sun and sandy or rocky soils. Great for attracting native birds. Also known as "Cocky's Tongues", "Coral Bush" and "Cock's Comb".


How to sow and grow:

Method: Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth: 2mm
When: Spring to autumn
Germination: 7-28 days @ 18-21°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle: Hardy Perennial
Plant Spacing: 300cm
Plant Height: 150cm
Position: Full sun, well drained soil
*Notes: Seeds need scarification to germinate. Pour boiling water over seed and soak overnight before planting.

(Product number: D7-09)
Seeds per gram: 30 seeds


SKU D7-09
Shipping Weight 0.0010kg
Botanical name: Templetonia retusa
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 10 seeds
Seeds per gram: 30

Cockies Tongues

4 March 2021
I planted some of these in mid Summer (WA) but almost gave up on them after a month of no germination. I was a bit worried I'd stuffed up the hot water scarification, but when the Autumn rains came and the temperature dropped, voiala they sprouted. I think the instructions are a bit liberal with the broad planting seasons, but they will grow in the right conditions.
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