Hardenbergia violacea|Purple Coral-pea

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Wiry twining or prostrate subshrub. More vigorous and shrubby forms are not local to the Shire.
Size (W x H)
Trailer to 2m
Leathery dark green egg-shaped to lance-shaped leaves with network of veins, paler below, 2-10cm x 0.5-6cm.
Large sprays of 20-40 pea flowers, massed along branches. White and pink forms are available commercially but are not local.
Flower colour
Deep purple with green centre
Flower time
July to November
Growing conditions
Well drained soils in dryish open forests and woodlands. Tolerates light frosts. Full sun, semi-shade.
Commonly used for
Very showy scrambler which will lightly twine over shrubs and on trellises or remain flat. Many forms commercially available.
Available at indigenous nursery
Attracts butterflies
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory