Running Postman, Scarlet Coral Pea, Scarlet Runner.
Presence in Australia
Noted in Buckargingah district. Probably also on similar country elsewhere in region.
This specie has been identified in the following Australian states: Qld, NSW, ACT, Vic, Tas, SA, NT, WA.
Rocky outcrops, mainly coastal or inland districts.
Prostrate or twining perennial herb with single scarlet flowers along stems, late winter to spring.
Prefers well-drained soil and full sun. Tolerates limited inundation, dappled shade, extended dry periods and most frost.
May die back to rootstock during harsh conditions and re-shoot later.
Mid Dec to early Feb. Monitor closely as seeds shed soon after mature.
From scarified seed (+20 viable seeds per gram), which should germinate 11-30 days after sowing. Also from cuttings, which strike readily. Pour very hot or boiling water over seeds and soak until water cools before drying and sowing.
Recolonises bare areas after fire. Legume, improves soil fertility through "fixing" nitrogen.
Good habitat. A food plant for caterpillars of native butterflies and moths.
Kooris sucked nectar and used stems as twine.
Useful groundcover for rockeries, embankments, slight slopes, containers and hanging baskets.