Pultenaea hispidula

Rusty Bush-pea

Densely hairy spreading shrub with arching branches.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size0.3-1.5 m x 0.5-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesGreyish crowded hairy oblong leaves 4-8 mm x 0.7-3 mm with pointed soft tip, hairier below. Stipules 1-2 mm, united at base, tip curved back.
  • Flower colourYellow
  • Flowering timeSeptember to December
  • FlowersSmall sprays of pea flowers clustered in axils towards tips of short branches.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsWell drained soils in moist to dry forests. Tolerates moderate frosts. Partial to dappled shade.
  • Garden useFlowers profusely. Plant under established trees. Small background plant, foliage colour can be a feature.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusScattered in a few areas within the Shire.
  • Related speciesThe pea plants can be difficult to identify. All Pultenaeas have stipules, small leaf-like structures, on the stem at the base of the leaf.
Photographer/s: Marilyn Bull ©

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