Cockies Tongues

Templetonia retusa Open Pollinated

  • Shrub to 150cm
  • Australian Native

Standard seed packet, 10 seeds

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'Cockies Tongues' seeds

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".

Note: Seeds of many native plants are dormant and will not germinate until ideal environmental conditions are met. Follow instructions for pre-treatment and sowing, and be patient; some wild harvested seeds can take much longer to germinate than expected.

Seeds per gram: 30
Product code: D7-09

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct or raise seedlings
Sowing Depth 2mm
Season 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.


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Ratings & Reviews

Cockies Tongues

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.
Michael S 4 March 2021