Pultenaea mollis

Soft Bush-pea

Erect to spreading shrub, sometimes semi-prostrate, with pale curly to twisted hairs on young growth.

Additional information

  • FamilyFabaceae
  • StoreyMiddle storey
  • Size1-3 m x 1-2 m
  • Plant groupingShrubs 1.5-10 m
  • LeavesNarrow dark green leaves 10-20 mm x 0.3-1.2 mm, flat or round in cross section, tip softly pointed, lower surface hairy, margins inrolled. Brown leaf-like stipules at base strongly curved back.
  • Flower colourYellow to orange with red markings.
  • Flowering timeSeptember to November
  • FlowersTerminal head-like cluster of 4-10 pea flowers to 8 mm wide. Calyx hairy.
  • Bird attractingNo
  • Butterfly attractingNo
  • Frog habitatNo
  • Growing conditionsDry to moist soils in open forests and gullies. Tolerates light to moderate frosts. Dappled and semi shade.
  • Garden useAn attractive shrub for underplanting or as a background plant in ferneries.
  • Commercially availableUnlikely to be available within the Shire of Yarra Ranges
  • Conservation statusLocally common within its preferred growing conditions but limited in distribution.
  • 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 Mike Bayly, Alison Kellow ©; 2, 3 Marilyn Bull ©

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