Kennedia rubicunda

Dusky Coral Pea

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  • Kennedia rubicunda

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Growing Info

Scarification: Pour boiling water over seed , let stand in water for 24 hours, repeat process on seed that did not imbibe. Another Method: file or sand through the outer seedcoat, let stand in water for 24 hours
Stratification: none required
Germination: sow seed 1/4" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed

Kennedia rubicunda, commonly known as the Dusky Coral Pea, is a stunning flowering plant that is native to Australia. With its vibrant dark red pea flowers and vigorous climbing stems, it adds a touch of beauty to any garden or landscape. This plant is favored for its ability to cover embankments and structures, making it an excellent choice for creating natural and aesthetically pleasing borders.

Growing up to 4 meters in length, Kennedia rubicunda is a resilient climber that adapts well to a variety of well-drained soils and positions with sun or partial shade. It is known for its resistance to drought and ability to tolerate frost, making it a low-maintenance and hardy addition to any garden.

The oval-shaped leaflets of this plant, which occur in threes, range from 3 to 12 centimeters in length. From late winter to spring, the dusky coral pea produces its signature dark red pea flowers in beautiful racemes. These flowering periods peak from October to December, creating a vibrant and lively display of colors.

After blooming, the flowers are followed by oblong pods that are 5 to 10 centimeters long and 8 to 12 millimeters wide. These pods are covered in a rusty and hairy texture, adding an interesting visual element to the plant. Each pod contains 10 to 15 seeds, which allows for the plant to regenerate from seed dormant in the soil.

Kennedia rubicunda has a rich history, with its species being first published in 1795 under the name Glycine rubicunda in Curtis's Botanical Magazine. However, it was later published under its current name by E.P. Ventenant in Jardin de la Malmaison in 1804.

This plant is not only visually stunning but also easily propagated. It can be grown from scarified seed or cuttings of semi-mature growth, allowing for easy cultivation and expansion of its presence in gardens and landscapes.

Overall, Kennedia rubicunda is a versatile and attractive plant that deserves a place in your garden. Whether you want to add a pop of color to your landscape or create an enchanting climbing feature, this species of flowering plant is sure to stand out. Its adaptability to various soil conditions, resistance to drought, and ease of propagation make it a great choice for both experienced and novice gardeners. Add the Dusky Coral Pea to your garden today to enjoy its vibrant beauty and the ease of maintenance it offers. For more information, visit our website.

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