Sturt's Desert Pea

Swainsona formosa


Standard seed packet, 40 seeds

$1.75
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Sturt's Desert Pea

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 the floral emblem of South Australia. Loves dry warm climates, full sun and sandy soils. 


How to sow and grow:

Method: Sow direct
Sowing Depth: 5mm
When: 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 to Maturity/Flowering: 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.

(Product number: E5-03)
Seeds per gram: 139 seeds


SKU E5-03
Shipping Weight 0.0010kg
Botanical name: Swainsona formosa
Botanical synonyms: Clianthus formosus
Packet type: Standard seed packet
Packet quantity: 40 seeds
Seeds per gram: 139

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