Kennedia nigricans, Black Coral Pea

Kennedia nigricans

Black Coral Pea
Family: Fabaceae
Subfamily: Faboideae
Origin: Australia
Vine or creeper plantSemi-shadeFull sunModerate waterRegular waterUnusual color

This Australian native is ideal for those looking for something a bit different in their garden. With its unusual coloring and hardiness, Kennedia nigricans (Black Coral Pea) is an excellent choice for gardeners in USDA Zone 9-11.

This strong vine or creeper prefers an open and sunny spot, but will also tolerate semi-shade. Its highly attractive flowers are usually black and yellow, but can be a range of other colors, including orange, pink or red. It is evergreen and blooms all spring and summer with a possible second flush in the autumn.

For best results, Kennedia nigricans (Black Coral Pea) should be planted in moderately rich, well-draining soil. Regular watering is ideal, however the plant can tolerate short dry periods and is quite drought-tolerant. It can become invasive in some areas, so it's important to keep an eye on its growth and trim it back if needed.

Growing Kennedia nigricans (Black Coral Pea) in a container is possible in colder climates, if some precautions are taken. During the winter, the pot needs to be moved to a sheltered spot and wet soil must be avoided. During the summer, the plant should be moved outdoors and will need regular waterings. If there is any frost risk, the pot should be brought indoors before it gets too cold.

Overall, Kennedia nigricans (Black Coral Pea) is a hardy and attractive plant for the garden and makes a great choice for gardeners looking for something a bit different. It requires minimal care, making it an ideal choice for busy gardeners.

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