Platylobium formosum|Handsome Flat-pea

Cardinia indigenous plant guide

Trailing, scrambling or erect shrubs with hairless to densely velvety stems.
Size (W x H)
1-1.5m x 0.3-1.5m
Usually stalkless paired or scattered dark green broad to heart-shaped leathery leaves, 2.5-7cm x 1-2.5cm, network of veins, pointed tip may be prickly.
1-4 large pea flowers in leaf axils on long hairy stalks. Calyx hairy. Broad flat hairy pods with thin wing.
Flower colour
Yellow with red centres
Flower time
September to December
Growing conditions
Moist well drained soils in moist forests and woodlands. Frost tolerant. Full sun, semi shade and dappled shade.
Commonly used for
Bright flowers for a shady moist garden or bush area. Can scramble amongst other shrubs. Prune to control shape or size.
Available at indigenous nursery
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Thank you to Shire of Yarra Ranges for assistance in compiling this directory