Pultenaea scabra

Rough Bush-pea

Erect or spreading shrub with densely hairy stems.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyLower storey
  • Size1-2 m x 0.5-1.5 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs to 2m
  • LeavesDark green wedge-shaped leaves 3-16 mm x 2-13 mm, midrib ending in short point, rough above, paler with loose hairs below. Stipules tiny.
  • Flower colourBright orange
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersLoose terminal clusters of pea flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist well drained soil in moist, occasionally dry, forests of mountain slopes. Moderately frost tolerant. Full sun to semi shade and dappled shade. Regenerates freely after fires.
  • Garden useSmall shrub with a brilliant spring display. Plant in groups. Pruning beneficial.
  • Commercially availableIndigenous nursery
  • Conservation statusWidespread 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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