PLANT OF THE WEEK x 3Scientific Name:Kennedia rubicunda;
Common name: Dusky Coral Pea, Running Postman
rubicunda...referring to the colour of the flowers
Flowering: Spring with pea like flowers, that is, a standard of 4 petals, a keel and two wings.
It’s got these attractive scarlet to pink flowers but what else?
Let’s find out…
The running postman title is probably because of the red flowers that appear on this fairly vigorous vine or creeper.
Did you also know though that it’s a very useful medicinal plant to grow?
Apparently its leaves were bruised and drunk as a tincture when recovering from illness. Don’t know what sort of illness though.
Use it as a groundcover, for arches, teepees and vine supports.
PLANT OF THE WEEK X 3Scientific Name: Hardenbergia violacea
Common Name: Native Sarsparilla, Happy Wanderer
Grows:the species form grows to 6m. There are many other forms that grow only as a sub-shrub or smaller climber.
Etymology: Hardenbergia...after Franziska Countess von Hardenberg.
violacea...referring to the typical flower colour
If you love the colour purple in the garden you’ll love this next plant because it’s got it all.
It’s tough, it flowers for ages, and you don’t even have to do too much to look after it.
Let’s find out more...
I'm talking with Adrian O’Malley, qualified horticulturist and native plant expert.
There’s so many Hardenbergias to choose from that come in not just creepers or climbers, but small little shrubby things that spread a bit.
Some of the shrubby forms of Hardenbergia are very useful for mass plantings, rock gardens, retaining walls and banks for home gardens and larger landscapes.
There are some good shrubby forms on the market such as ‘Bushy Blue’, ‘Purple Spray’ and ‘Regent’ which can grow from 60cm tall (‘Bushy Blue’) to 1.5m tall (‘Regent’). ‘Mini Haha’ is a compact dwarf form but it is not as robust as other types.
There’s also ‘Meema’ will grow to approximately 450mm tall with a 2 metre spread which is ideal for outcompeting weeds and creating a ground cover with a shrubby appearance.
PLANT OF THE WEEK X 3Common Name:Golden Guinea Flower: Snake vine
Description: a scrambling climber or vine anywhere between 2 to 4 metres. Glossy mid green leaves with buttercup yellow flowers with prominent golden stamens.
Let’s find out…
That was Adrian O’Malley, qualified horticulturist and native plant expert.
Hibbertias are sometimes called Guinea Flowers because the flower shape and colour looks like the ancient Golden Guinea coin.
When Adrian has seen it in the bush, it's mostly in open forest or gullies.
The "snakes" are the tendrils that twine themselves together and climb up.
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