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Woolly Frogmouth Philydrum Lanuginosum Seeds
Packet of 300+ teeny tiny seeds!
Ignoring my poor quality photos, this is quite a beautiful semi-aquatic plant, especially when it is in flower.
The leaves are smooth and rounded on the edges, like a shallot or spring onion really, so they are not sharp on the legs and hands unlike a lot of other sedge and grasses. And it can handle being full submerged or dried out for a couple months at a time, making it an idea native choice for the edges of your local swimming hole.
It has a dense fibrous root structure that really holds the soil well, preventing erosion, and giving the frogs and critters somewhere to hide. Herons seem to love nesting among the clumps, and the fiber is strong enough to make yabby and fish traps from.
Native to a huge chunk of the world which includes most of Asia, India, Southern China, Taiwan, Japan, Malaysia, Burma, Thailand, Vietnam, right through New Guinea the Pacific Islands and in Western Australia, Northern Territory, Queensland, New South Wales, and even down into chilly Victoria.
A very hardy and adaptable species indeed! Because of this huge range there are a few differents names, most commonly frogsmouths, woolly waterlilies, Garciana Lour, Garciana cochinchinensis, and Philydrum lanuginosum.
Plant the seeds by sprinkling onto a tray or pot of nice sandy soil sitting in a couple cm of water. Water the seeds into the surface and keep it nice and moist.
That’s it, they should coming be up within the month, just be sure to keep an eye out for caterpillars and hoppers, the buggers love these guys when they are tiny.
Once on their 5th leaf they are pretty unstoppable and nearly all survive being planted out and ignored.
Grown by me and the Mrs organically, no chems, no nasties, no problems!!!