Hardenbergia violacea (shrubby climber form). purple coral pea

Family Fabaceae
Description The species is very variable in morphology, from wiry scrambling climber to upright and shrubby. This form supplied by Diversity Native Seeds is typical of the more upright or shrubby forms that tend to be found in grassy woodland habitats such as white box grassy woodland. It is not as shrubby as some forms and will still scramble up througfh shrubs it comes into contact with. However young plants are very upright in form with almost vertical stems. This appears to be an adaptation allowing the plant to compete with grasses. As the plant gets larger the stems tend to lean over and fan out from the base, forming a loose mounded shrub consisting of many long stems.
Flowering Time Late winter-early spring
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Vegetation Communities Nvarious grassy woodland habitats.
Soil Types Generally on higher nutrient, finer-textured soils than the climbing forms. Common on basalt in white box grassy woodland. Thrives on skeletal substrates derived from these soil types.
Values / Uses
Revegetation / Habitat Values Probably an important refuge for ground dwelling birds, mammals and repltiles. Heavily grazed by macropods, often grazed out when kangaroo numbers are high.
Amenity / Ornamental Values Very attractive in flower. popular and widely grown. A better groundcover plant than the climbing forms. Recovers well from severe pruning. Longer lived than the climbing forms.
Other Values Extremely useful for revegetation of eroded sites, quarries and mines with rocky, skeletal substrates without topsoil.
Water Deficit high
Compaction average
Waterlogging average
Shade average
Minimum Temperature -5 degrees
Average no. Seeds per Gram 26
Viability Period long
Dormancy physical- hard seed coat
Treatment scarification or boiling water
Days From First to Last Germination at 25 Degrees 3-20
Direct Seeding