Hakea-purpurea.JPG (33676 bytes)Hakea purpurea: is a member of the Proteaceae family. It is a medium, erect shrub and originally came from southern Queensland. In 1975 the species was also found near Yetman, in northern New South Wales. One day we will look for this New South Wales population. Yetman is not too far from Yallaroo. Hakea purpurea has rigid, divided leaves with a pointed tip. The red flowers are carried in clusters in the leaf axils and appear in winter and spring. Globular, persistent woody fruits follow the flowers and contain two winged seeds. In cultivation, fruit production is sporadic. Hakea purpurea is said to be the best of the eastern Australian Hakeas because of the attractive flowers. The flower clusters are similar in appearance to those of Grevilleas. In fact the species was once known as Grevillea trisecta (1853). We have a number of plants growing at Yallaroo and they have proved to be very hardy. The flowers are certainly eye-catching. So far these plants have not presented us with any fruits.
Propagate from seed and probably cuttings. We will take some cuttings when there is room on our propagating bench.