Purple Coral Pea, False Sarsaparilla, Native Sarsaparilla, Coral-pea, False Sarsaparilla Vine, Honey Bee On Happy Wanderer Vine, Native False Sarsaparilla Vine, Native Lilac, Purple Coral-pea, Purple Coral-pea (shrubby Form), Purple Coralpea, Sarsaparilla.
Presence in Australia
Widespread. Found across region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, WA.
Various habitats, from near sea-level to high mountains, on well-drained soils.
Climbing or prostrate scrambler, stems often to 2m long. Green leathery leaves.
Hardy, fast-growing and easily maintained.
Purplish flowers, mostly Sep-Nov.
Early Oct to late Feb. Monitor closely as seeds released very soon after mature. Ripe seeds hard and grey. Seed often collected with seed-eating insects. Ensure collected seed insect-free before storing.
From scarified seed or cuttings. Pour boiling or very hot water over seeds and soak for several hours. Dry to prevent rotting and sow. Germination takes 3-4 weeks. Suitable for direct seeding in pots (2-3 seed per pot).
Good habitat. Flowers nectar and pollen source for native insects, including moths, butterflies, bees and wasps. Native insects and birds feed on seed. Foliage good refuge for reptiles and insects.
Attractive ornamental for rockeries, embankments, under trees, in containers or for light screen. Responds to mulching. Avoid over-watering. Prune severely to rejuvenate old plants.
Flowers produce grey-blue dye with alum as mordant. Edible roots.