Hardenbergia monophylla (Vent.) Benth.
Kennedya monophylla Vent.
Common Name: Coral Pea
Coral pea is an evergreen, climbing shrub, producing stems up to 3 metres long that twine around other plants for support[
The plant provides a tea and a dye, which are sometimes used locally. It is often grown as an ornamental plant in subtropical to tropical areas[
Australia - South Australia, New South Wales, Queensland, Tasmania, Victoria.
Climbs over low bushes by the coast and to nearby mountains[
] in open forests and on heaths[
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|Cultivation Status||Ornamental, Wild
Plants can tolerate frosts down to about -5°c[
Requires a moist well-drained lime-free soil in sun or light shade[
Any pruning is best carried out immediately after the plant has flowered[
There are several named varieties[
This species has a symbiotic relationship with certain soil bacteria, these bacteria form nodules on the roots and fix atmospheric nitrogen. Some of this nitrogen is utilized by the growing plant but some can also be used by other plants growing nearby[
The boiled leaves produce a slightly sweet and reasonably pleasant drink[
]. At one time the roots were also reportedly used for this purpose[
A grey-blue dye is obtained from the flowers[
Scarify the seed or pre-soak it for 24 hours in warm water[
]. Sow spring in a warm greenhouse at 20°c[
]. When they are large enough to handle, prick the seedlings out into individual pots and grow them on in the greenhouse for at least their first winter. Plant them out into their permanent positions in late spring or early summer, after the last expected frosts. Give the plants some protection from the cold for at least its first winter outdoors.
Cuttings of half-ripe wood, July/August in a frame.
Tip cuttings, taken in late spring, in moist sand in a frame[
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