Sturt's Desert Pea

Swainsona formosa Open Pollinated

  • Annual to 20cm
  • Australian Native Wildflower

Standard seed packet, 40 seeds

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'Sturt's Desert Pea' seeds

Swainsona formosa

Synonyms: Clianthus formosus

  • Annual to 20cm
  • Australian Native Wildflower

Annual to 20cm. Well known Australian native desert wildflower commonly seen in dry arid conditions. Grows well in dry hot inland conditions and sandy soils. Plant has a prostrate habit with very long tap roots and grey to green leaves producing large vivid red flowers with black, brown or dark red centre (known as a boss). Fantastic as a cut flower. Sturt's Desert Pea is also known as 'Ngooringa' and is the floral emblem of South Australia. Loves dry warm climates, full sun and sandy soils. 

Note: Seeds of many native plants are dormant and will not germinate until ideal environmental conditions are met. Follow instructions for pre-treatment and sowing, and be patient; some wild harvested seeds can take much longer to germinate than expected.

Seeds per gram: 139
Product code: E5-03

Quick Sowing Guide
Method Sow direct
Sowing Depth 5mm
Season Late spring to summer
Germination 4-10 days @ 20-32°C
Hardiness / Life Cycle Frost Tender Annual
Plant Spacing 150cm
Plant Height 20cm
Position Full sun, well drained soil
Days Until Maturity 135-150 days

*Notes: Seeds need scarification to germinate. Pour boiling water over seed and soak overnight before planting in sandy soil. Do not over-water. Do not disturb plants roots.


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