Hardenbergia violacea

Purple Coral Pea, Happy Wanderer

Family: Fabaceae subfamily Faboideae

Hardenbergia violacea, Purple Coral Pea or Native Sarsaparilla, is a well known climber with twining stems.

The leaves are glossy green, with prominent veins and up to ten centimetres long. The flowers are pea-shaped, up to one centimetre across, purple, and violet and rarely pink or white. They are carried in large clusters from late winter to early spring. Blooms are both profuse and conspicuous. They are followed by pods that carry a number of black, hard-coated seeds.

There are a number of cultivars. “Mini Haha” is an upright form. “Alba” has white flowers. “Happy Wanderer” is a very vigorous climber with purple flowers.

 

In the garden

H. violacea could be grown as a ground cover if it is denied access to other plants or objects to clamber over.

There are a number of cultivars. “Mini Haha” is an upright form. “Alba” has white flowers. “Happy Wanderer” is a very vigorous climber with purple flowers.

If you wish to grow a free-flowering, vigorous climber then ‘Happy Wanderer’ is the ‘pick of the crop’.

 

Propagation

Propagate from seed that should be treated with boiling water to soften the seed coat. Cuttings strike readily. Cultivars should be propagated from cuttings to preserve their desirable characteristics.

Other information

By Warren and Gloria Sheather