Showy Parrot-pea, Hairy Parrot Pea.
Dillwynia, after British botanist Lewis Weston Dillwyn (1778-1855).
Presence in Australia
Widespread east of the Olympic Highway. Also noted in the areas Long Plain-West Hume and Albury district.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA.
Exposed heath, woodland and dry sclerophyll forest on a range of soils.
Upright shrub 50cm to 1m high with stiff hairy stems, linear leaves.
Conspicuous yellow and red flowers, Sep-Dec.
Late Oct-late Feb. Monitor closely as mature seeds released immediately or within 1-2 days.
From scarified seed. Soak in near-boiling water for about 30 seconds, before cooling rapidly under flowing cold water. Alternatively, soak in cold water for several hours before drying and sowing.
Shade and shelter
Important component of understorey.
Legume - improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Excellent for beneath established trees, for screening and in containers. Prune regularly after flowering.