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Kennedia prostrata

Running Postman

Open to dense trailing or matting shrub, young growth hairy.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • SizeProstrate x 1-2.5 m
  • Plant groupingHerbs & Groundcovers <1m
  • LeavesLeaves divided into 3 crinkly, roundish blue-green leaflets 6-35 mm x 6-35 mm, hairy below, tips often notched. Heart-shaped stipules at base of leaves.
  • Flower colourScarlet
  • Flowering timeApril to December
  • Flowers1-2 pea flowers on long stalks, along branches. Downy pods to 50 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNectar, insects
  • Butterfly attractingBoth food for caterpillars and nectar for butterflies.
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in open grassy areas of drier forests and woodlands. Tolerates light frosts. Full sun to semi shade.
  • Garden useAttractive ground cover with well displayed flowers. Useful on embankments, in hanging baskets or trailing over large planters. Pruning is beneficial. Tolerates dry soils once established.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions
  • Aboriginal Use Food - nectar in flowers; Twine - stems
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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