An iconic flower from arid desert regions in central Australia, with distinctive red flowers highlighted by the deep black centres. It has pinnate grey green leaves, and it is mostly sprawling and low growing in habit. There are different coloured forms, from cream to pink to all red without the black centre.
To grow the Sturt’s desert pea, it needs perfect drainage, full sun, and minimal watering once the seedling becomes established. A good way to grow in the garden, is in a large tub or a terracotta drainage pipe stood upright and filled with gritty free draining soil. Hanging baskets are also a great way to grow them. It is usually treated as an annual, and should flower 4 months after sowing from seed.
It was formerly known as Clianthus formosus, and is a protected plant in South Australia.
|Scientific Name:||Swainsona formosa|
|Common Name:||Sturt's Desert Pea|
|Plant Type:||Small shrub, Ground cover|
|Height:||0.5 ~ 2 metres|
|Width:||1 ~ 3 metre|
|Flower Colour:||Cream, Red, Pink, Black|
|Flowering Time:||Spring, Summer|
|Ph Level:||Acid, Neutral, Alkaline|
|Soil Type:||Sandy, Sandy loam|
|Plant Environment:||Container growing, Cottage garden, Flower garden, Drought resistant|
|Climate Zone:||Warm temperate, Mediterranean, Semi-arid, Arid|
|Growth Habit:||Evergreen, Spreading, Mound-shaped, Weeping|
|Frost Tolerance:||Tolerates light frost|
|Plant Usage:||Groundcover, Feature plant, Attractive foliage, Wow factor|
|Attracts Wildlife:||Other insects|
Angus recommends Bush Tucker fertiliser for this plant.