Swainsona formosa
Sturts Desert Pea

Use: South Australias floral emblem. Running plant that is propagated from direct seeding.  Seeds need to be scarified before planting and need to be protected from disturbance and pests such as snails. Beds need to be prepared with a well drained soil and planted in a sunny position.

This plant is indigenous to the following botanical regions of South Australia.

:NW: North Western  
:LE: Lake Eyre   
:NU: Nullarbor   
:GT: Gairdner-Torrens   
:FR: Flinders Rangers  
:EA: Eastern   
:EP: Eyre Peninsula
:NL: Northern Lofty
:MU: Murray

For detail on these regions refer to the user guide.

  • Height 0.2-0.4m
  • Spread 0.5-1m
  • Position
    • position-fullsun Full Sun
  • Family Fabaceae
  • Botanical Name Swainsona formosa
  • Common Name Sturts Desert Pea
  • Origin SA
  • Habit Prostrate
  • Landscape 2nd line coast, Coast, Coastal footslopes, Hills, Plains
  • Soil Texture Sand
  • pH Acidic, Alkaline, Neutral
  • Tolerates Drought, Light frost
  • Supplementary Watering Minimal
  • Flower Colour Red
  • Flowering Time Winter, Spring
  • Flower Type Pea
  • Purpose Ornamental
  • Evergreen/Deciduous Evergreen
  • Form Groundcover