Hardenbergia violaceae ‘Purple Spray’ Hardenbergia

A beautiful and versatile plant that can be used as a tidy climber, small shrub, for low hedging and containers. It flowers spring through summer with lovely sprays of bright purple pea flowers which contrast nicely with the dark green foliage. It grows to a couple of metres high and a metre wide, and it will twine around supports if needed. A very easy care plant, it grows in full sun to part shade, does well in light clay to sandy soils. Low frost tolerance. It can be pruned back by a third to rejuvenate the plant. It will fix nitrogen from the air, so is good for the soil.

Scientific Name:Hardenbergia violaceae
Cultivar:Purple Spray
Common Name:Hardenbergia
Plant Type:Small shrub, Climber
Height:1 ~ 2.5 metre
Width:0.7 ~ 1 metre
Flower Colour:Purple
Flowering Time:Spring, Summer, Winter
Ph Level:Mildly acid, Neutral
Soil Type:Sandy, Loamy, Sandy loam, Clay loam, Potting mix
Plant Environment:Low maintenance garden, Courtyard, Poolside, Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Coastal garden, Drought resistant
Climate Zone:Sub-tropical, Warm temperate, Cool temperate, Mediterranean
Light:Sunny, Light shade
Growth Habit:Evergreen, Dense foliage, Mound-shaped
Soil Moisture:Well-drained, Moist moderate drainage
Special Uses:Fast growing
Attracts Wildlife:Bees, Butterflies, Other insects






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


Geelong Native Plants – Victoria


Wimmera Native Nursery – Victoria


Zanthorrea Nursery – Perth WA


Manuka Native Nursery – South Australia


Sydney Wildflower Nursery – mail order


The Native Shop – mail order




Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for native plants.