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Hardenbergia violacea

Purple Coral-pea

Wiry twining or prostrate subshrub.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeTrailer to 2 m
  • Plant groupingClimbers & creepers
  • LeavesLeathery dark green egg-shaped to lance-shaped leaves with network of veins, paler below, 2-10 cm x 0.5-6 cm.
  • Flower colourDeep purple with green centre
  • Flowering timeJuly to November
  • FlowersLarge sprays of 20-40 pea flowers, massed along branches. White and pink forms are available commercially but are not local.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingFood plant for caterpillars
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in dryish open forests and woodlands. Tolerates light frosts. Full sun, semi-shade.
  • Garden useVery showy scrambler which will lightly twine over shrubs and on trellises or remain flat. Many forms commercially available.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries. Plants in general nurseries rarely local.
  • Conservation statusWidespread within the Shire
  • Aboriginal Use Drink - leaves brewed; flowers - dye
  • Related speciesMore vigorous and shrubby forms are not local to the Shire.
Photographer/s: 1 David Blair ©; 2, 3 Peter Kinchington ©

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