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

Botanical Name:Hardenbergia violacea 
Common Name:Purple Coral Pea  , Sarsparilla Vine  , Native Sarsaparilla  , False Sarsaparilla 
Sold As:Tube ($2.00)
Ground Cover (up to 30 cm), Climber / Scrambler / Creeper, Bee Attracting, Butterfly Attracting, Insect Attracting, Indigenous Plant Use
Indigenous Plant Use:To make a tea, the leaves need to be initially boiled, then dried.CAUTION: Many plants are poisonous if not collected and prepared properly
Full Sun, Partial Shade
Sandy, Clay, Infertile, Dry, Moist, Well Drained
2-6 m x 2-3 m
Foliage:The leaves are dark, glossy green with prominent veins and are 75-100 mm in length.
Flowers:July-November, the flowers, which appear in winter and spring, are usually violet in colour but pink, white and other colours are sometimes found. The flowers are the typical “pea” shape consisting of 4 petals.

It is usually a climbing plant whose branches twist around the stems of other plants. It is moderately vigorous but rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage.  It grows low to around 3 metres wide, and the dense habit smothers weeds once established.

The plant fixes nitrogen from the air, which is good for the soil.

  1. Whitehorse Council 
  2. Yarra Ranges Council 
  3. Australian Native Plants Society 
  4. Wikipedia (free online encyclopedia) 
  5. Royal Botanic Gardens Victoria (VICFLORA) 

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