Scientific nameAn all year colourful plant with cream to red flowers.
Mimetes cucullatus has a very low percentage germination (4 to 5% in tests conducted by Brown & Botha 2004) and it does not respond to treatment with Instant Smoke Plus Seed Primer. No further tests have been done to find out which dormancy-breaking treatments they do respond to. In the nursery we have found that seed is best sown in late summer to autumn, when the changes in temperature between the hot days (18-23 o C ) and cold nights (8-10 o C ) act as the trigger for germination to occur. Good nursery hygiene is essential, use a sterile medium and dust the seed with a fungicide to prevent pre- and post-emergence fungal infections.
Cuttings from new growth can be taken in spring or autumn and should be treated with a rooting hormone and placed on heated benches with overhead mist spray. Rooted cuttings should be hardened off away from the mist spray before being potted up.
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Conservation status: Least Concern
This species was selected because it has various important characteristics.
Easy to grow
Suitable for clay soil
It provides food for:
Southern double-collared sunbird