What is Hardenbergia?
Hardenbergia (Hardenbergia spp.) also known as False Sarsaparilla or Purple Coral Pea is a hardy, evergreen, woody stemmed climber. It is part of the Papilionaceae family and is native to Australia. There are three species in Australia which are vigorous climbers or trailing plants however recent breeding has actually developed some upright shrubby forms. Even though having a vigorous growth habit it rarely covers other plants so extensively as to cause damage. The most widely grown variety in Australia is Hardenbergia violacea ‘Happy Wanderer’. Hardenbergia has dark green leathery leaves which are long arrow shaped. In Winter through to Spring they produce a mass of dark purple, pale pink or white pea flowers depending on the variety. Hardenbergia requires a sunny or semi shaded position in the garden with free draining soil. They will tolerate light frosts.
Benefits of Growing Hardenbergia
Hardenbergia are an easy to care for native climber. They are fast growing, low maintenance and heavy flowering. They can be allowed to trail over fences for coverage and privacy or trail along a trellis. Hardenbergia can be planted as a beautiful feature plant or mass planted for maximum flowering effect.
How to Grow Hardenbergia
Cool to mild tropical.
Happy Wander Height: 2m, Width: 2m
Regent Height: 1-1.5m, Width: 1-1.5m
Sweetheart Height: 1m, Width: 2m
When To Plant Hardenbergia
Plant in late Winter.
They like a moist well drained soil.
How To Plant Hardenbergia
Plant in full sun to semi shade, with the plant crown at soil level.
Hardenbergia Plant Care
Only water when the soil appears dry then water until damp. Water more during flowering and Summer time.
Mulch to retain moisture in the soil and suppress weeds.
Fertilise with a balanced, controlled release native fertiliser after flowering.
Prune lightly and regularly to maintain shape and promote fresh growth – prune more firmly after flowering.
Watch out for scale.