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Gardening with
Indigenous Plants
Indigenous Plant Use Identification & Control
of Common Weeds

Botanical Name:Glycine clandestina 
Common Name:Twining Glycine  , love creeper 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Low Growing Shrub (30 cm to 1 m), Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting
Partial Shade, Shade
Moist, Well Drained
30 cm to 2 m high
Foliage:Sparsely scattered dark green leaves divided at central point into 3 stiffly hairy leaflets, on stalks 5-40 mm long. Lower leaflets roundish with rounded tips 0.5-3 cm x 2-10 mm, upper leaflets narrow to oblong 1-8 cm x 2-10 mm, tip pointed or rounded.
Flowers:Small bluish/mauve pea, October-January. Loose sprays of 4-18 small pea flowers on stalks 2-6 cm long in leaf axils.

Light open twining herb with long stems, often not noticed until it flowers.  The dainty sprays of flowers are most attractive.  Very variable in leaf size and shape, hairiness and flower size and colour.

Food plant for caterpillars.

Likes to go in moist well drained soils in forests and grassy woodlands. Partial to dappled shade.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. Australian Native Plants Society 
  4. Grasslands 
  5. iNaturalist 
  6. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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