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Plant Guide

Hardenbergia violacea rosea

Common Name
Coral Pea Vine
CA Native
Non-native
Plant Type
Vine
Size
6'
Flower Color
Pink, Rose
Bloom Time
  • Spring
Leaves
Dark Green
Evergreen
Evergreen
Deer Resistant
Occasionally Damaged
Wildlife Value
  • Bees
Growth Rate
Moderate
Hardiness
Hardy
Adverse Growth Factors
None
Special Features
  • Low Maintenance
  • Showy Flowers
Water Use
  • Low
Soil pH
6.5-7.5 (neutral)
Exposure
  • Full Sun
Soil Type
Not Particular
Drainage
Good Drainage
Description and Cultural Plant Tips

This climbing evergreen climber has masses of soft pink, small pea like-flowers in spring. It is an excellent cover for fences, walls and arbors. It can also be trained as a groundcover. This climber does not grow as quickly as Wisteria and trumpet vines and can more easily be kept in its place.

Plant slightly above grade in a sunny, well-drained location. While Hardenbergia likes a loamy soil, they will do well in just about any soil as long as it is well-drained. Water well the first season but it is fairly drought tolerant once established. Flowers best in full sun. Prune after blossoming to control size and reduce legginess at the bottom of plant.

Bees enjoy the nectar from these vines and because it is an early spring bloomer it provides a much  needed food source when resources are still scarce.

No significant pests or diseases.

 

 

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