Podolobium alpestre

Alpine Podolobium, Alpine Shaggy Pea

Spreading or ascending shrub forming dense thickets. Silky-hairy young growth.

Additional information

  • SynonymOxylobium alpestre
  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.5-1.3 m x 1.5-3 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesLeathery, dark green broadly oblong veined leaves 1-5 cm x 3-14 mm, paired or in 3's, paler below. Small point on tip, margins rolled under.
  • Flower colourOrange-yellow with red markings
  • Flowering timeNovember to February
  • FlowersSmall axillary or terminal sprays of pea flowers. Hairy dark grey pods to 15 mm long.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soils in montane forests. Frost and snow tolerant. Semi shade but tolerates a lot of sun.
  • Garden useDense shrub for underplanting in moist well drained conditions. Can be planted where it receives reasonable amount of sun. Withstands extended dry periods. Prune for hedging.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it is common. More common outside the Shire boundary.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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