Pultenaea daphnoides

Large-leaf Bush-pea

Erect branching shrub with ridged stems, young growth downy.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 0.5-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesConcave, wedge-shaped leaves, 8-30 mm x 4-20 mm, ending in a fine prickly point. Margins flat or slightly rolled under. Stipules (small structures at base of leaf) 1-2 mm long.
  • Flower colourYellow and brown
  • Flowering timeAugust to November
  • FlowersDense terminal heads of large, lightly perfumed pea flowers.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsMoist to dry well drained soils in dry to damp forests and heathlands. Tolerates moderate frosts. Semi shade to dappled shade.
  • Garden useOrnamental species with prolific floral display. Plant under established trees. Tolerates extended dry periods but requires summer watering if grown in full sun. Pruning from young plant promotes bushiness, can be hedged.
  • Commercially availableAustralian plant & indigenous nurseries
  • Conservation statusSignificant within the Shire. Known from very few local sites where it is common to scattered. More common outside the Shire boundary.
  • 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: 1 Kelly Hofert ©; 2 Yarra Ranges Council photo library; Marilyn Bull ©

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