Gastrolobium celsianum – Swan River Pea

A great easy care small shrub with a naturally neat habit. It flowers from late winter through spring, and the red flowers are nectar rich and bird attracting. Adaptable to a wide range of soils and climates including humid ones, in sun or semi shade. Can be used as an understory plant. Tolerates medium frosts. This plant used to be known as Brachysema lanceolatum. Gastrolobium species can contain amounts of fluoro acetic acid, which can be toxic for dogs and livestock, but Gastrolobium celsianum is not toxic.

Family:Fabaceae
Scientific Name:Gastrolobium celsianum
Common Name:Swan River Pea
Plant Type:Small shrub
Height:0.5 ~ 1 metre
Width:1 ~ 3 metre
Flower Colour:Red
Flowering Time:Spring, Winter
Ph Level:Acid, Neutral, Alkaline
Soil Type:Sandy, Clay, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix, Saline, Poor soil
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden
Climate Zone:Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade, Half shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Lifespan:Perennial
Soil Moisture:Well-drained
Propagation Method:Seed, Softwood cutting, Semihardwood cutting
Frost Tolerance:Tolerates light frost
Plant Usage:Hedge, Screen, Windbreak
Special Uses:Erosion control
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Nectar eating birds, Butterflies, Other insects

 

 


 

WHERE TO GET YOUR PLANT

 

Once you have found the plant that you want, the next step is to find where to get it. Visit or ring your favourite nursery to see if they have it in stock. If they don’t, they may be able to order it in for you.  Specialist nurseries are also able to give great advice, and if they don’t have the plant you want, they can often suggest an alternative to you. Below is a list of our favourite specialist nurseries, and some who do mail order. Click on the links for their details-

 

The Wildflower Place Erina – NSW 

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Newcastle Wildflower Nursery – NSW

 

Cool Country Natives – ACT

 

Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria

 

Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA

 

Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia

 

Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order

 

The Native Shop – mail order

 


 

 

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