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Care of the plant Hakea nitida or Frog hakea.

Care of the shrub Hakea nitida or Frog hakea

The genus Hakea, family Proteaceae, includes 150 species of shrubs and trees native to Australia. Some species are: Hakea nitida, Hakea recurva, Hakea prostrata, Hakea petiolaris, Hakea orthorrhyncha, Hakea leucoptera, Hakea laurina, Hakea cristata, Hakea bucculenta, Hakea aculeata, Hakea clavata.

Common names: Frog hakea, Shining hakea. This species is native to Western Australia.

They are evergreen shrubs or small trees of erect or extended bearing that reach 3 meters (9.84 feet) in height. The thick leaves are shiny pale green and up to 10 cm (3.93") long. The flowers are creamy white and appear in dense clusters in the leaf axils. They bloom in summer. The fruits are pods that have a texture similar to the skin of toads.

They are used as isolated specimens, in bushy groups, in rockeries and on dry and sunny slopes. They are ideal for Mediterranean coastal gardens.

Hakea nitida grows in full sun and partial shade exposures and in Mediterranean climates. They resist light and occasional frosts.

They grow in any type of well-drained soil: sandy, stony or slightly clayey.

They are drought-resistant plants that need moderate watering, waiting for the substrate to dry completely.

Fertilize with a little compost at the end of winter.

They tolerate light pruning after flowering to maintain a compact size.

They are plants resistant to the usual pests and diseases but sensitive to excess moisture in the roots.

They are propagated from seeds sown in spring or autumn in a slightly moist sandy substrate. 

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Hakea nitida
Hakea nitida